Se’irim - The Horned One and The Devil

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The Horned One and The Devil

Se’irim (singular: se’ir) are goat-shaped Semitic spirits. Their name derives from sai’ir or “hairy” or “shaggy.” In Leviticus 17: 7, Jews are forbidden to sacrifice to them, which of course indicates that some were following this practice, necessitating legislation against it.

It is possible that the medieval image of the devil goes back to the Se’irim. The word has come to mean “goat” but also “devil.”

See also Azazel.