Baphomet is a deity appearing in Masonic theology, Wicca, Satanism, and Christianity. The first mention of Baphomet was from a 12'th century poem as a corrupted form of the Prophet Muhammad. Later on, the Knight's Templar were accused of idolizing severed heads called "bafomet".
In Wicca, the common image of Baphomet drawn by Eliphas Lévi is used for the Horned God, or the Godhead. In Freemasonry, Baphomet is a twisted form of Sophia, a mistress of God from Gnosticism. In Christianity, Baphomet is often portrayed as Satan, or Lucifer, and in Paganism, Baphomet is used as an image of fertility and purity.
The Westernized image of Baphomet comes from the Artist Eliphas Lévi, who drew the image for a book called "Dogmas and Rituals of High Magic". This image has been named " The Goat of Mendes", possibly modeled after the Greek god Mendes, who was portrayed as having a goat's face, and legs. Mendes is more commonly known from Roman theology as "Pan", who's worshipers had been visited and spoken down upon by Jesus, the acclaimed son of the Hebrew God.
Baphomet is used as an idol in Satanism, and is very often confused with the Christian antagonist, Satan.
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