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56940.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:51 am Reply with quote

After careful calculations the total number of demons in Hell was calculated by philosopher Michael Scot to be 14,198,580 and by Alphonsus of Spina to be 133,306,668.

Amongst them:

Abraxas (= Abracadabra)
Adramalech (Satan's Grand Chancellor)
Asmodeus (the Zoroastrian archangel Aeshma; three heads, associated with lust)
Astaroth (the goddess Astarte)
Azazel (chief desert goat-demon, to whom the scapegoat is sacrificed in Leviticus)
Balam (another goat demon, rides a bear)
Beelzebub (either the 2i/c or Satan himself)
Belial ('worthless', a lawyer)
Belphegor (the 'baal' of a place was its local deity. Baal-Phegor was such a Moabite deity, who became the state religion in the time of Ahab before his overthrow by Jehu. Later associated with excrement)
Incubi (male counterparts of Succubi, sexual tempters)
Lilith (lippy proto-feminist. Steals babies - the word 'lullaby' may be a charm against her)
Mammon (prototype of the miser, a rather late addition to the list. Sort of like Unca Scrooge McDuck only not a duck.)
Mephistopheles (no Biblical provenance - a figure in the Faust legends)

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56942.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:58 am Reply with quote

Q: What did the Ayatollah Khomeini describe the US as?

F: The Great Satan
A: The great enemy. The Farsi word for 'enemy' is apparently also used to mean 'Satan', and this may have been a wilful mistranslation.

We'd want to check this fairly carefully and find out what the word is, if we wanted to use it. I found the assertion in the wiki entry for 'Number of the Beast'.

(On edit: 'the Great Satan' is شيطان بزرگ, Shaitan Bozorg, but I've found it asserted that Khomeini also used the personal name of Shaitan, Iblis - so this remains dodgy info as far as I'm concerned).

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56945.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:07 pm Reply with quote

US Highway 666 was re-named as Highway 491 in 2003 after it became known as 'the Highway of the Beast'. The Governor of New Mexico said he wanted to change it because of the 'infamy brought by inopportune naming of the road', and Colorado and Utah went along with him.

In the UK the A666 is the road from Pendlebury to Langho.

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56948.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:11 pm Reply with quote

Intel chips:

466.666 MHz - the 'Celeron 466'
866.666 MHz - the 'Pentium III 866'

but the

666.666 MHz - the 'Pentium III 667'

56949.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:12 pm Reply with quote

The fear of the number 666 is known as "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia".

56951.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:15 pm Reply with quote

665.99 is 'the retail price of the Beast'

25.8068 is 'The Root of All Evil' (the square root of 666)

56954.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:21 pm Reply with quote

Revelation! 666 Is Not the Number of the Beast (It's a Devilish 616)

The Independent

A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it's actually the far less ominous 616.

The new fragment from the Book of Revelation, written in ancient Greek and dating from the late third century, is part of a hoard of previously unintelligible manuscripts discovered in historic dumps outside Oxyrhynchus in Egypt. Now a team of expert classicists, using new photographic techniques, are finally deciphering the original writing.

More at:
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56955.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:22 pm Reply with quote

RFID chips are the latest (in a long line of) things to be associated with The Sign Of The Beast.
But one aspect of Albrecht's anti-RFID crusade has been attracting a lot of attention from other privacy groups: her religious beliefs.

Albrecht does not often discuss her religious views with reporters. But she believes that RFID technology may be part of the fulfillment of the Mark of the Beast prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

Bet that sells well in middle America.

I wonder if the entities living at No. 664 and 668 complain about the smell...

56956.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:25 pm Reply with quote

Seat no 666 in the European Parliament has been left unoccupied, according to Ian Paisley:

Revelation 13:18: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." That is 666.

Today this scripture is being fulfilled before our very eyes.

The Antichrist's seat will be occupied. The world awaits his full and final development. The Lord will destroy him by the spirit of His mouth (the Word of God) and by the brightness of His coming (2 Thes. 2:8). The coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

brought to our attention by dr. bob

56957.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:25 pm Reply with quote

The black slave employed by the Venetian printer Manuzio was widely thought to be an imp, so he had this stuck up:
I, Aldo Manuzio, Printer to the Doge, have this day made public exposure of the printer's devil. All who think he is not flesh and blood may come and pinch him.

Proclamation of Aldo Manuzio, 1490.

56958.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:26 pm Reply with quote

When the A666 passes through Bolton it's known as the thoroughly less satanic St Peter's Way.

Though having spent the past 2 years queueing on it daily, I'd say it's pretty evil.

56985.  Sat Mar 04, 2006 5:06 pm Reply with quote

More from that Indie article:

Professor David Parker, Professor of New Testament Textual Criticism and Paleography at the University of Birmingham, thinks that 616, although less memorable than 666, is the original. He said: 'This is an example of gematria, where numbers are based on the numerical values of letters in people's names. Early Christians would use numbers to hide the identity of people who they were attacking: 616 refers to the Emperor Caligula.'

... Peter Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan, based in New York, said: 'By using 666 we're using something that the Christians fear. Mind you, if they do switch to 616 being the number of the beast then we'll start using that.'

And from the Canadian National Post:

Ellen Aitken, a professor of early Christian history at McGill University, said the discovery appears to spell the end of 666 as the devil's prime number.

"This is a very nice piece to find," Dr. Aitken said. "Scholars have argued for a long time over this, and it now seems that 616 was the original number of the beast."

"This is very early confirmation of that number, earlier than any other text we've found of that passage," Dr. Aitken said. "It's probably about 100 years before any other version."

Dr. Aitken said, however, that scholars now believe the number in question has very little to do the devil. It was actually a complicated numerical riddle in Greek, meant to represent someone's name, she said.

"It's a number puzzle -- the majority opinion seems to be that it refers to [the Roman emperor] Nero."

60327.  Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:14 pm Reply with quote

There are 666 panes of glass in the Louvre pyramid.

60355.  Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:12 am Reply with quote

That sounds like a bit of a Dan Brownism...

The story of the "666 panes" originated in the 1980s, when the official brochure published during construction did indeed cite this number (even twice, though a few pages earlier the total number of panes was given as 672 instead). The number 666 was also mentioned in various newspapers. The Louvre museum however states that the finished pyramid contains 673 glass panes (603 rhombs and 70 triangles). A higher figure was obtained by David A. Shugarts, who reports that according to the offices of I.M. Pei, the pyramid contains 698 pieces of glass (Secrets of the Code, edited by Dan Burstein, p. 259). Various attempts to actually count the panes in the pyramid have produced slightly discrepant results, but there are definitely more than 666.

Dan Brown is mentioned in the next paragraph, in fact.

60361.  Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:28 am Reply with quote

Thanks. Bloody French.


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