Astaroth is the prince of accusers and inquisitors. According to some demonologists of the 16th century, August is the month during which this demon's attacks against humans are stronger. His name seems to come from the goddess 'Ashtart/Astarte' which was rendered in the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible as Astharthe "singular" and Astharoth "plural", that last form rendered in the King James Version of the Bible as Ashtaroth. It seems this plural form was taken either from the Latin or from some translation or other by those who did not know it was a plural form nor knew that it referred to a goddess, seeing it only as a name applied to some god other than God and therefore the name of a devil.
by Tim Stewart January 25, 2006
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