Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for The Satanic Temple, has made it widely known lately on Twitter that he intends to take legal action against Netflix for using their particular version of Baphomet on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The Satanic Temple claims the show’s use of a Baphomet statue is far too similar to their own, and furthermore, it is being used to spread a ‘satanic panic’. The Netflix show was penned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is based on a classic Archie Comics series of the same name that was revamped by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and art by Robert Hack. It is inspired by appearances of Sabrina in Aguirre-Sacasa’s other Archie series, Afterlife with Archie.
The Temple has taken issue with the witchy show’s use of Baphomet to depict their version of Satanism. The argument now is whether or not TST owns this particular version of Baphomet. The Temple’s most dominant adjustment, aside from the placement of the two children, was changing the gender fluid female form with breasts to an interpretation of Michelangelo’s David with Iggy Pop’s pecks. Does this give The Satantic Temple a cloven hoof to stand on?
For purposes of comparison… pic.twitter.com/AZJvmq1Cks
— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 30, 2018
A little history; The origins of Baphomet go as far back to the claims from a Templar confession under torture during the Cathar/Templar arrests of, 1307, under the order of France’s King Philip IV. Later, Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, wrote a book in 1818 by the lengthy title: Mysterium Baphometis revelatum, seu Fratres Militiæ Templi, qua Gnostici et quidem Ophiani, Apostasiæ, Idoloduliæ et Impuritatis convicti, per ipsa eorum Monumenta (which, of course, translates to “Discovery of the Mystery of Baphomet, by which the Knights Templars, like the Gnostics and Ophites, are convicted of Apostasy, of Idolatry and of moral Impurity, by their own Monuments“). The book embellished the dying words of Templar claims, bringing Baphomet more into to light for French ceremonial magician Elphias Levi to re-imagine Baphomet in 1854, iconizing it in its final form, into an alchemical figure he named the Sabbatic Goat.
Eliphas Levi’s Sabbatic Goat has become synonymous with one of the most recognizable occult images in the world. A Sigil of Baphomet, depicting the Sabbatic Goat within the classic inverted pentacle, was adopted as The Temples’s logo.
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