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The Origin of The Sa’iyr
The Sa’iyr are an interesting group of spiritual beings because, like the Shed, they too were considered to be hybrids. Here is how the Strong’s Concordance defines the word Sa’iyr:
- Sa’iyr (Hebrew) – Satyr, Faun, He-Goat, Shaggy
The origin of the word Sa’iyr is sa’ar (to shiver, be horribly afraid), which we went over previously. Stories of Fauns and Satyrs are most prominent in the myths and legends of other cultures, but here we find a reference to the same creatures in the Old Testament. So what exactly are Fauns and Satyrs?
“The faun is a half human – half goat (from the head to the waist being the human half, but with the addition of goat’s horns) manifestation of forest and animal spirits which would help or hinder humans at whim. Romans believed fauns inspired fear in men traveling in lonely, remote or wild places.”
As we have seen, the origin of the Satyr beliefs have their root in the Hebrew word for fear. Over a thousand years later, the Romans held the same belief that these hybrid creatures struck fear in the hearts of men that traveled alone. The Hebrews feared these creatures and as a result, also worshiped and made sacrifices to them.
“And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.” – Leviticus 17:7
The words God uses, while speaking to Moses, in the above verse are interesting because it provides a link between the Sa’iyr and another legend surrounding these creatures. God refers to the people “whoring” after the Sa’iyr. The Hebrew word used is zanah, which is translated as prostitute, whore, whoring, and fornication in the Old Testament. Much of the Church teaching on fornication has been diluted down to only mean sex. However, throughout the Bible, there is a strong connection between fornication and pagan worship. In every legend of Fauns and Satyrs, they are well known for their sexual escapades with human women and sometimes men.
“Satyrs are described as roguish but faint-hearted folk, subversive and dangerous, yet shy and cowardly.As Dionysiac creatures they are lovers of wine and women, and they are ready for every physical pleasure.”
Among the list of activities in Satyr mythology, is their associating with music, dancing, playfulness, and orgies. The Old Testament actually contains a reference that associates the Satyr with dancing.
“But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.” – Isaiah 13:21
The word translated as Satyrs in the above verse is the same word translated as devils in Leviticus 17:7. This leads us back to the question, “were stories of these creatures more than just myth and legend?” As we continue digging into the Sa’iyr, we encounter one in particular that is said to be the origin of the word “pandemonium”.
“Pan aided his foster-brother in the battle with the Titans by letting out a horrible screech and scattering them in terror.”
According to legend, it was this scream of Pan that led to pan-demonium among his rivals. The Greek word daimonium refers to being under the influence of a demon. Pandemonium literally translates as “under the demonic control of Pan”. The story of Pan is linked to a great battle for the heavens in the Greek culture, but when we look deeper into the Hebrew culture, we find a similar story of a fallen angel by the name of Azazel. The name Azazel was used in the movie, Fallen, starring Denzel Washington. In the movie, Azazel was presented as woodland demon that had the power to possess humans and animals. Surprisingly, we find mention of Azazel in the Bible in association with sin and goats.
“And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.” – Leviticus 16:8
It is important to point out that this particular goat was not the fallen angel in question. The Hebrew word translated as scapegoat is Azazel, which means, “the goat that has gone astray.” The story of Azazel is actually a very old Hebrew belief that does not come from the Bible, but from events that they believe happened prior to Noah’s flood.
“Azazel is represented in the Book of Enoch as one of the leaders of the rebellious Watchers in the time preceding the flood; he taught men the art of warfare, of making swords, knives, shields, and coats of mail, and women the art of deception by ornamenting the body, dying the hair, and painting the face and the eyebrows, and also revealed to the people the secrets of witchcraft and corrupted their manners, leading them into wickedness and impurity; until at last he was, at the Lord’s command, bound hand and foot by the archangel Raphael and chained to the rough and jagged rocks of [Ha] Duduael (= Beth Ḥadudo), where he is to abide in utter darkness until the great Day of Judgment, when he will be cast into the fire to be consumed forever.”
This particular belief comes from 1 Enoch, which was hidden in Qumran, along with other books of the Bible. 1 Enoch also appears in the Ethiopian Bible and many other early translations. It was also a very popular book during the 2nd Temple period, and is referenced by both Peter and Jude. While it is not considered scripture, both Jews and early Christians considered this book to be a very important book that reflected early beliefs about Noah’s flood. Did the creation of Satyrs begin with a fallen angel that rebelled against God? While we can’t say for sure, it seems to fit the motive of fallen angels that want to corrupt all of God’s creation.
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