Depictions of Satan – Animal Elements

The Occult in Art has an entire section dedicated to the depiction of Satan, and explains why he is almost always some sort of half-human hybrid. Apparently, ever since Dante described him in the Divine Comedy, his impression of the devil’s appearance has remained in the public consciousness. Additionally, at the time of the majority of these paintings, the idea of a half-human, half-animal individual was considered the most repulsive type of ugliness around, so it was applied to all things evil – Satan himself, as well as demons and witches’ familiars.

The horns themselves, as well, hold significance: they are derived from the image of a half-crescent, thereby associating any horned or antlered animal with the devil. Goats especially get this, due to their association with the pagan Pan.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: