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Parapsychology - Who Is Abraxas?


 





Abrasax was the supreme deity of the Basilidian sect of Gnostics in the second century, who held that Jesus Christ was just a phantom brought to Earth by him.



They thought his name held significant secrets since it was made up of the seven Greek letters that make up the number 365, the number of days in a year.

They believed Abraxas commanded 365 gods, to whom they ascribed 365 qualities, one for each day.



Older mythologists see Abraxas as an Egyptian deity, whereas demonologists depict him as a demon with a king's head and serpents for feet.

Abraxas is shown with a whip in his hand on ancient amulets, and his name inspired the magical term abracadabra.




Further Reading:


Drury, Nevill, and Stephen Skinner. The Search for Abraxas. London: Spearman, 1972.



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Hinduism - Who Is Kaitabha In Hindu Mythology?

 

One of two demons that tries to murder the deity Brahma in Hindu mythology (the other is Madhu).

The narrative is told in a variety of legendary texts, with some significant changes between them.

During the age of cosmic dissolution, Madhu and Kaitabha are born from the deity Vishnu's earwax, according to all traditions (pralaya).

A lotus erupts from Vishnu's navel as the universe is being created.

It begins with the revelation of Brahma, the creator-god, who is promptly assailed by Madhu and Kaitabha.

Brahma makes a plea for aid in all versions of the narrative.

Vishnu deceives and kills the demons (who are powerful but not very intelligent).

The distinction is in the god to whom Brahma pleads for assistance.

The narrative initially occurs in Vishnu's mythology, when Brahma summons the god.

The Devimahatmya, the oldest legendary source for the religion of the Mother Goddess as the greatest celestial force, tells a similar scenario.

In this version, Brahma's song of gratitude is to the Goddess, who has lulled Vishnu into a cosmic coma in her guise as Yoganidra ("yoga sleep"), making him unable to assist Brahma.

The Goddess, pleased by Brahma's praise, relinquishes her control over Vishnu, who wakes and slays the demons.

 


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