Satan Origins Symbols
From this point on, I will convey my personal opinions and address generalized viewpoints. I will alsoshare historical references for your examination. My position on this topic is by no means an absolute. Itis intended to present information in an organized fashion for further research. It is my hope that it willfoster critical thinking, self-examination and pave the way for the development of additional papers whichcover the topic of Satanism in the 21st century, from both a pagan and secular perspective.
What the hell is a pagan?
Before I can address Satan as a pagan symbol, I must address the term pagan. I have written in the pastabout the use and mis-use of this term, in the form of diatribes. This is a more serious approach to the termand its meaning.Latin is an Italic dialect, which was spoken in the Italic peninsula, along with Greek, Celtic and Etruscanlanguage. Eventually all of these languages were taken over by imperial Rome, but not before they lefttheir mark on the Latin language. Before the collapse of the Roman Empire, Latin became standard in places like Spain, France, Romania, and other surrounding areas. Latin had become absorbed into what wenow refer to as Italian, Spanish, French, Romanian and other romance languages.Language study has relied heavily on existing antiquarian manuscripts and artifacts. There are surviving pre-Abrahamic (religions of Abraham) religious texts referred to as pagan rites. During your own quest for truth, you will find the following references referred to (and often):
History of LivyVirgil's Aeneid Ovid's Metamorphosis
(Classical era)There is also a heavy reliance upon Greek myths. The problem is,that when examining Greek mythology, outside of the Roman namesfor gods, there is very little historical reference to Roman culture. Itis heavily Greek. This often confuses scholars into believing thatthe two are identical.An additional source is the
. However, it is riddledwith inaccurate theories and focuses too much on irrelevant detail -if one were looking for something truly Roman. Context iseverything. Especially when examining language. To further complicate matters, there is a heavy Etruscaninfluence which by the study of Etruscan culture, you can see as far back as 8th century BCE. TheEtruscans influenced the early Greeks and vice versa, plus the Etruscan language is not considered Indo-European. So now you have Italic languages (which are pretty muddy as it is) being brought into the foldof what is considered Latin today. If you want to truly understand the evolution of the term pagan, Istrongly recommend that you delve into language study.For the sake of keeping this paper as condensed as I possibly can, I am only going to focus on
todeliver my point of view. There are many forms and the etymology study could be an entire chapter initself. In antiquity, the term was used to address people living in rural areas, outside of cities. In theRoman Empire, any person not living in the more civilized cities (vs. rural villages) were referred to as
(post-Classical Latin). This context can be compared to calling a person living in the country inthe 21st century, a hick. It had negative connotations. Consider the terms 'hick' or 'hillbilly', these termsare meant to communicate that the person is uncivilized, un-socialized, rustic, uneducated, and a lower-class citizen. The same applies to the term pagan. This term was used in such a fashion, that the countryfolk became accustomed to being called pagans. Just like the country folk in the 21st century areaccustomed to the social stereotyping used in the same manner. People have a resiliency and can be thick-