Exodus 19:18 "And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly".
Now, I will dive into the story of Iblis or Azazil from the islamic perspective and show how this story connects to the story of "Red Horn". Now, the God in the bible is described to be fiery in nature and is called a consuming fire. This seems to connect to the Islamic Lore as the Jinn are said to be made from smokeless fire, in which connects to the Bible as God’s presence is that of a smoking furnace with flames encompassing round about.
The Islamic lore states the Jinn being created from fire and the tribe of angels being created from light, and how they would battle each other before the coming creation of mankind. This reminds me of the book and the movie “Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien and how he states of the dark forces being made from the flames of fire fighting the forces of light. Now, the leader of the Jinn is said to be called Iblis meaning “the despaired one” (although not the real name) who had a fall out against Allah on not bowing down to the newly created Adam.
Here Iblis quotes “I am made from fire and he is made from clay, for I am better than him.” There is a bit of irony here as the stories state the Jinn to being a fierce race with a violent and fiery nature. So, in the bible, when the God of fire states “I am a jealous God and a consuming fire” does this statement not show His fiery nature to connect to the Jinn? Let's further investigate this.
Now, Iblis was said to have fought against his own kind along with the angels to quell the violence of his race on earth. The story states that the Jinn race would wreak havoc on the planet, thus Allah had to order the angels to destroy them for their chaotic nature. But Iblis who lived among the angels was said to have fought against them, until they were only a few left to repopulate. In the Islamic lore would state that there would be Jinn prophets for Allah, and that they would also get killed by their own kind, so the order to destroy them was put out.
Then as the Jinn’s were left to repopulate, Allah states that He will make another creation, but the angels said to Him “Are you going to make a creation that will cause harm?” The response from Allah is “I know what you do not know”. So as the newly created being called man came into existence and Allah tells all the angels to bow down to him out of respect, though everyone bows down except for Iblis. Then as the rest of the story goes, Iblis would be the one to cause the fall of Adam and Eve by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Now, among some stories would state that Iblis would be found as a child and was taken into the realm of the angels, and was a great praiser to Allah. It also states that He was a messenger to the people of the earth, and the angels of the Heavens. (This is what the movie "Thor" is about as Loki had found out that he came from the Ice giants. That movie is subtly revealing the story of Iblis from the Jinn and Loki from the "Jotunn race")
Even the story of Iblis fighting against the Jinn is the same as Prometheus helping to overthrow Kronos and the Titans. And strangely, Iblis' life is similar to Loki as one is not of the Asgardians or angels, but came from a race of Jinn and for Loki the Jotunn race. The fiery nature of the Jinn seems to be on par to the Asuras from where Agni came from. So when they state "fiery" natured and having red flaming hair, does this mean that the Asuras, the Jinn, the Titans and the Jotunn are red headed people? Though this is from the Post Vedic scripts, it's important to note that this information is not from the earlier Vedic Scripts. So, in turn if the Suras and Asuras were of the same race, then there must be correlations to the Angels and Jinn being the same race, with the only difference as one is venerated for good and the other evil.
Let's start connecting some dots here with the story of "Red Horn" among the American Indian Lore. Now Red Horn (He Who Wears Man Faces on His Ears) was one of the five sons of Earthmaker, whom the Creator fashioned with his own hands and sent to earth to rescue humanity. During his sojourn on earth, he contested both giants and water spirits, and led war parties against the bad spirits who plagued humanity. He is said to be a bird-like deity, red-complexioned from head to toe with red hair. It's shown that due to the "red hair", this God can to Fudo Myoo/Acala for having the red braided hair.
It's shown that the apparent "Jinn" race that Iblis had battled against is based on wiping out the Giants (and other entities) that were described as having "red hair". This Legend of the "Red Haired" Giants was told by some Indian Tribes on how there were Giants with Red Hair to which they had warred against in the past. It seems that this story holds water, as there were News articles detailing the Giants being discovered, and how they had "red hair". This is probably where the term "Jinn" is really based on "Ginger". Later on I will also detail the different entities that existed on the Earth, and how the God of fire was sent to battle them.
Now, this is only one version about Iblis, for another version is told among the Yezidi people of Iraq. Now, it's unfortunate from their conflicts with the Muslims, as the people view the Angel as not someone who was worshiped but was ordained by God to protect the Earth. They honor the being called the "Peacock angel" or "Tawuse Melek" as it states. Their version states that the Peacock angel's story would be similar to Iblis' but slightly different. For when Allah tells everyone to bow down to Adam and Tawuse Melek does not do so, but instead states that he won’t bow down to him because “he is only a created being from the earth, but it should be Allah as the one to be bowed down to”.
So, it states that Allah deemed it as a test for all the angels and Tawuse melek thus became the leader of the angels. Although, another version states after the fall took place, he repented to Allah and thus was reinstated to his former position. Another version shows that the Peacock angel would protect the newly created beings from the wrath of Allah, as Tawuse Melek showed kindness to mankind. It's said that when Adam and Eve was created, He taught them and their children the "72" languages and how to cultivate and take care of earth. The number 72 is based on Thoth or Enoch (See "Thoth is Enoch"). So, this is a much different story compared to the Islamic version, but here I see how he is deemed a "Cultural Hero" that cared for mankind and protected the Earth. This story would be much like the apparent Demiurge" to which most would link him to Satan or Yaldabaoth, however, I think there is more to this.
Based from the Wiki states this on the "Peacock Angel": "Melek Taûs (Kurdish: مەلیک تاووس, romanized: Malak-Tāwūs), also spelled Malak Tāwūs and Tawûsê Melek, translated in English as Peacock Angel, is one of the central figures of the Yazidi religion. In Yazidi creation stories, before the creation of this world, God created seven Divine Beings, of whom Tawûsê Melek was appointed as the leader. God assigned all of the world's affairs to these seven Divine Beings, also often referred to as the Seven Angels or heft sirr ("the Seven Mysteries")."
"In Yazidi beliefs, there is one God, who created Seven Divine beings, the leader of whom is Tawûsê Melek, the Lord of this World, who is responsible for all that happens on this world, both good and bad. According to religious tradition, the nature, with its phenomena of light and darkness, is from one source, which is the Lord of this World, Tawûsê Melek. Qewl passages emphasize Tawûsê Melek's power on the earth, in the sky, sea, on the mountains, and their residents, that is, his power exists in all parts of nature, whether celestial or terrestrial."
"The Yazidis consider Tawûsê Melek an emanation of God and a good, benevolent angel and leader of the archangels, who was entrusted to take care of the world after he passed a test and created the cosmos from the Cosmic egg. Yazidis believe that Tawûsê Melek is not a source of evil or wickedness. They consider him to be the leader of the archangels, not a fallen nor a disgraced angel, but an emanation of God himself."
"The Yazidis believe that the founder or reformer of their religion, Sheikh Adi Ibn Musafir, was an incarnation of Tawûsê Melek. Tawûsê Melek is sometimes transliterated Tawusi Malek, Malak Taûs, Malak Tāwūs, Malak Tawwus, or Malik Taws. Melek was borrowed from the Arabic term meaning "king" or "angel", while Tawûs is uncontroversially translated as "peacock" (in art and sculpture, Tawûsê Melek is almost always depicted as a peacock). However, peacocks are not native to the lands where Tawûsê Melek is worshipped. Among early Christians, the peacock represented immortality because of a folk belief that its flesh does not decay after death."
"Consequently, peacock imagery adorns Yazidi shrines, gateways, graves, and houses of worship. The Kitêba Cilwe (Book of Illumination), also known as the Book of Revelation, which claims to be the words of Tawûsê Melek himself, states that he allocates responsibilities, blessings, and misfortunes as he sees fit, and that it is not for the race of Adam to question him."
"Yazidi accounts of the creation differ significantly from those of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), since they are derived from the Ancient Mesopotamian and Indo-Iranian traditions; therefore, Yazidi cosmogony is closer to those of Ancient Iranian religions, Yarsanism, and Zoroastrianism."
"Yazidi people believe that God first created Tawûsê Melek from his own illumination (Ronahî) and the other six archangels were created later. God ordered Tawûsê Melek not to bow to other beings. Then God created the other archangels and ordered them to bring him dust (Ax) from the Earth (Erd) and build the body of Adam. Then God gave life to Adam from his own breath and instructed all archangels to bow to Adam."
"The archangels obeyed, except for Tawûsê Melek. In answer to God, Tawûsê Melek replied, How can I submit to another being! I am from your illumination while Adam is made of dust. Then God praised him and made him the leader of all angels and his deputy on the Earth. Hence, the Yazidis believe that Tawûsê Melek is the representative of God on the face of the Earth, and comes down to the Earth on the first Wednesday of Nisan (April). Yazidis hold that God created Tawûsê Melek on this day, and celebrate it as New Year's Day. Yazidis argue that the order to bow to Adam was only a test for Tawûsê Melek, since if God commands anything then it must happen (Bibe, dibe)."
"In other words: God could have made him submit to Adam, but gave Tawûsê Melek the choice as a test. They believe that their respect and praise for Tawûsê Melek is a way to acknowledge his majestic and sublime nature. This idea is called Zanista Ciwaniyê (Knowledge of the Sublime). Sheikh Adî observed the story of Tawûsê Melek and believed in him."
Let's see some of the excerpt from Wiki on the Angel Azazil and Iblis: "In many Islamic and Islam-related traditions, Azazil (Arabic: عزازيل Azāzīl, also known as Arabic: حارث Ḥārith ) is the name of Iblis before he was expelled from heaven. Although not mentioned namely in the Quran, he is well known in different traditions, such as Tafsir, Qisas Al-Anbiya and mystic oral traditions. He is usually seen as an archangel, but also regarded as a jinn according to some reports.....Similar to the name of Azazel, one of the fallen angels in Book of Enoch, Islamic philologists relate his name to the words aziz and il (God's dear) or to azl (removal). His name further reflects his inclusion among the archangels."
"According to many Classical scholars, based on the reports of the Sahaba, before Iblis was expelled from heaven, he was called Azazil. Quranic exegesis offers two different depictions of Iblis. One with Azazil beginning as a noble angel who later loses his position, while the other counts him as an ignoble jinn, who works his way up to heaven. According to whose interpretations legitimated by the authority of Ibn Abbas, Azazil was the leader of angels and sent by God to terminate the jinn, who lived on earth before humanity."
"After his victory, he grew arrogant and declined God's command to prostrate himself before Adam. Arguing that he was superior to humans, God expelled him from heaven and he became an accursed shaitan (Shaitan Rajim). When the Quran refers to Iblis as one of the jinn, this tradition states it does not refer to Azazil being one of the jinn who lived on earth, but to a group of angels who were entrusted with the task to guard the entrance to Jannah. Therefore, it is their relation to Jannah the term refers to Satan as a jinn in Quran."
"Another tradition, by Ubay ibn Ka'b, who claimed to have found it in the Torah, states the jinn were angelic creatures, who descended to earth and became endowed with sexual desires. They stayed pious for a while, but started to murder, drink wine, and cause injustice on earth. Azazil parted from his community and committed his life to the worship of God in isolated places. Soon, Azazil was chosen to send messengers to the jinn community, but every time Azazil sent one, the jinn killed the messenger. When God sent down an army of angels under the command of Azazil to defeat their corrupted fellows. In yet another tradition, asserted by the Brethren of Purity, Azazil used to be a jinni from earth, but was taken captive by the angels during war. Among the angels, Azazil impressed the angels by his piety and joined them in worship and service, but lose his angelic state after he disobeys God."
"Al-Hallaj mentioned Azazil in his collection Tawasin. Here, Azazils disobedience to refuse God's command is a way to hallow His name. Chapter Six is dedicated to the self-defence of Azazil, and in one section Hallaj explains how each of the letters of Azazil's name relate to his personality. Unlike many other Sufi writers, Hallaj declined that Azazil will be restored to God's grace, thus after the Day of Judgment, he will still be damned. Since Azazil originated from fire, fire will be his final destiny."
"Azazil is also mentioned three times in Rumis Masnavi, emphasizing the importance of discipline and humility: Through discipline and humility this heaven has been filled with light, and through discipline the angel became immaculate and holy. By reason of irreverence, the sun was eclipsed, and insolence caused Azazil to be turned back from the door."
"When Azazil acted arrogantly, he was abandoned to hell in spite of his former high position. According to Al-Jili God created the sublime angels out of the light of Muhammad and Azazil and his followers of baser elements. Azazil was an angel of single-minded devotion. Failing to realize that bowing before Adam in accordance with God's command, is equal as bowing to God Himself, he refused to prostrate himself and received God's curse, becoming God's instrument of darkness and misleading."
"In Umm al-Kitab, an 8th century Ismaili work, Azazil is the first creation of God, the High King. God gave him the power of creation, but Azazil boasted with his loaned power, claiming divinity for himself, describing himself as another God beside the High King. To prove that Azazil's creation only depends on the power of his own creator, God makes a new creation, opposed by Azazil. Every time, Azazil again claims to like God, he and his fellow angels lose colour, becoming darker and inferior, and are thrown into lower celestial spheres until they end up on earth, which is made out of the essence of Azazil's creations."
"As with the Gnostic Demiurge, Azazil traps the life-forces of the heavenly realm and captures them in the material realm. Azazil features as one of the first angels in an Alevi oral tradition, there he is informed by the archangel Cebrail (Gabriel), about their creator. Along with the other archangels, Cebrail leads Azazil to a lamp with seven doors. They shall serve here for 1001 days, so the door will open. After the archangels entered the lamp, they saw two lights forming one body. The archangels were commanded to prostrate before the light. All followed the order but Azazil, who refused to prostrate himself, since the light, as something that was created, could not be the creator, so he turned back to the door to stay in the former service of God. This narration explains that Azazil stood at God's service, but he despised that he saw when the door opened and decided to move into the Ego World, causing the later enmity between Satan and humanity."
"In Yazidism, Azazil appears as one of the archangels along with Jabra'il, Mika'il, Rafa'il (Israfil), Dadra'il, Azrael and Shamkil (Shemna'il). An eminent Yazidi legend tells about being Azazil, banished to hell. But he repented his sin, by crying until the fires of hell were extinguished. In the Black Book Azazil is erroneously identified with Melek Taus by Western translators, who confused Azrael (or Jabrail) with Azazil."
Then from the Wiki based on Azazel states this: "Azazel" is, according to the Book of Enoch, a fallen Angel. In the Bible, the name Azazel appears in association with the scapegoat rite; the name represents a desolate place where a scapegoat bearing the sins of the Jews during Yom Kippur was sent. During the Second Temple period, he appears as a fallen angel responsible for introducing humans to forbidden knowledge. His role as a fallen angel partly remains in Christian and Islamic traditions."
"In the Hebrew Bible, the term is used thrice in Leviticus 16, where two male goats were to be sacrificed to Yahweh and one of the two was selected by lot, for Yahweh is seen as speaking through the lots. One goat is selected by lot and sent into the wilderness לַעֲזָאזֵל, "for Azazel". This goat was then cast out in the desert as part of Yom Kippur. In older English versions, such as the King James Version, the phrase la-azazel is translated as "as a scapegoat"; however, in most modern English Bible translations, it is represented as a name in the text: "Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. He shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting; and Aaron shall cast lots on the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel."
"Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord, and offer it as a sin offering; but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel. — Leviticus 16:6-10, New Revised Standard Version Later rabbis, interpreting azazel as azaz (rugged) and el (of God), take it as referring to the rugged and rough mountain cliff from which the goat was cast down."
Enochic literature: "In the Dead Sea Scrolls, the name Azazel occurs in the line 6 of 4Q203, The Book of Giants, which is a part of the Enochic literature found at Qumran. Despite the expectation of Brandt (1889) to date no evidence has surfaced of Azazel as a demon or god prior to the earliest Jewish sources among the Dead Sea Scrolls."
"According to the Book of Enoch, which brings Azazel into connection with the Biblical story of the fall of the angels, located on Mount Hermon, a gathering-place of demons of old, Azazel is 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 taught women the art of deception by ornamenting the body, dyeing 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 Yahweh's command, bound hand and foot by the archangel Raphael and chained to the rough and jagged rocks of [Ha] Dudael (= 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. The whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin. — Book of Enoch 10:8". (This was the binding of Prometheus. Loki and the Dragon bound by the Angel in Revelations 20)
In the Wiki based on "Satan" states this: "The Muslim historian Al-Tabari, who died in around 923 AD, writes that, before Adam was created, earthly jinn made of smokeless fire roamed the earth and spread corruption. He further relates that Iblis was originally an angel named Azazil or Al-Harith, from a group of angels, in contrast to the jinn, created from the fires of simoom, who was sent by God to confront the earthly jinn. Azazil defeated the jinn in battle and drove them into the mountains, but he became convinced that he was superior to humans and all the other angels, leading to his downfall. In this account, Azazil's group of angels were called jinn because they guarded Jannah (Paradise). In another tradition recorded by Al-Tabari, Satan was one of the earthly jinn, who was taken captive by the angels and brought to Heaven as a prisoner. God appointed him as judge over the other jinn and he became known as Al-Hakam. He fulfilled his duty for a thousand years before growing negligent, but was rehabilitated again and resumed his position until his refusal to bow before Adam."
Now, let's see the story "Journey to the West" which is about Sun Wukong the Monkey King who had fought against the gods of Heaven. The story states that Sun Wukong was born from a stone egg and came out radiating like fire. He grows up living among the other demons and and goes to learn martial arts and comes to learn the "72" shapeshifting techniques. He gets picked up by the gods in Heaven and comes to live with them, but doesn't like the way the angels treat him.
So, he steals and eats the peaches of Immortality, swallows the pills of enlongevity, and gets his name erased from the book of death when he was taken into hell. He later proves to be formidable as he was able to take a cudgel weapon from the Ocean, gets the Phoenix armor and because of the food he ate, he becomes a fire deity. He goes out to defeat the gods and creates havoc in the Heavens until the Buddha comes and puts a stop to him. Afterwards He is placed underneath a mountain for 500 years as a prison. It is very interesting that he would be care free and proud of himself, similar to the pride of this Angel.
This is similar to the Garuda story as He also comes out of the stone egg radiating like fire, and had to go and steal the Amrit from Heaven on the account of his mother (Vinata) being ransomed by the serpent race (his half brothers). He goes and fights against the gods and defeats them until Vishnu comes and puts a stop to him. Although Vishnu didn't fight him, but shows that Garuda is given immortality and becomes Vishnu's vehicle.
The ransom is situated out in this story, but another version states that Garuda would be proud for his abilities, but gets humbled by Vishnu (Here Vishnu would be compared to the Buddha in the Post Vedic story). Then there is the monkey god Hanuman who is also given immortality, has the ability to shapeshift, and becomes humbled by the gods. Based from the story of Sun Wukong, it's shown that after he gets humbled and becomes free, (as the story of Satan's pride) he goes to help mankind from the scourge of demons plaguing mankind. In one perspective this would be the "reinstated" position by God after his fall, but there is more to this segment because the Garuda bird stands for something far more significant than what the Post Vedic story states.
Now, from this we can connect to the legendary fire bird called the "Phoenix", which is a bird that dies into ashes and gets reborn. The number of the Phoenix depends from 500 to 1000 years. This word can be broken down to "Pho-Enix", "Pa-Hanok" to the "House of Enoch". The legend of the Phoenix seems to be based on the story of Enoch who was "taken" by God. Enoch was the one who never saw death but became immortal, or a man who became an angel in this situation. Then there is the "Emerald Tablets" as Thoth the Atlantean was taken up to Heaven by the gods and became immortal. It's interesting as the images of "Thoth" connects to the bird Ibis (Iblis) and the Baboon Thoth, to which seemingly connects to Sun Wukong and Garuda who was taken to Heaven.
Here is an excerpt from "The Secret Doctrine" by Madame Blavatsky: "Seth, the reputed forefather of Israel, is only a Jewish travesty of Hermes, the God of Wisdom, called also Thoth, Tat, Seth, Set, and Satan. He is also Typhon -- the same as Apophis, the Dragon slain by Horus; for Typhon was also called Set. He is simply the dark side of Osiris, his brother, as Angra Mainyu is the black shadow of Ahura-mazda."
It's interesting how Set is mentioned here, because just when learning about him states that he is the god of fire, chaos, envy, a trickster deity and his symbol is Mercury and is the Roman version of Hermes, who in turn would be Thoth and then Enoch. Although, I will later detail how there are two beings called "Thoth" or "Enoch" later on in the Chapters, I think it's best to keep an open mind and see why this would be the case. Everything is compiled in this series but will be seperated later on.
So, it seems that she maybe right as this deity is the same one that fell from Heaven as all Satanic mythos indicate, however, based from the story of Set cutting up Osiris into pieces, is merely the story of a God Set defeating the Dragon God Apep. Based from the Wiki states this on "Protector of Ra": "Set was depicted standing on the prow of Ra's barge defeating the dark serpent Apep. In some Late Period representations, such as in thePersian Period Temple of Hibis at Khargah, Set was represented in this role with a falcon's head, taking on the guise of Horus. In theAmduat, Set is described as having a key role in overcoming Apep."
So, even though she states this, in my perspective and list of evidence, I will detail how Set is based on the bird symbolism thus leading to the God who cuts up the dragon God (as Osiris and Bacchus). In any case, Set's description was said to have "red hair" and is said to be the God of fire and storms.
Now, Set's envious nature is very similar to the God of fire in the Bible, as the Bible states He is a "Jealous God and a Consuming fire", and states "Thou shalt have no other gods before me". As stated before, even though Set would be compared to "Typhon" in the Greek Mythos, I will reveal this God to being the fiery Bird God. It's shown that the positions are switched to will be explained later on in this Chapter. Now, just like Sun Wukong, Thoth or Enoch (as Blavatsky stated), would be the one who never saw death and lived to be immortal. The listing goes to Iblis, Loki, Prometheus, Sun Wukong, and Enoch would be some examples of God taking them into the levels of Heaven. It's interesting that Enoch was "365" years old when He went up to Heaven. Blavatsky states that "Thoth" is Set, but also Osiris is linked to "Thoth" as well.
Let's see some excerpts from the book "Isis Unveiled" by Madam Blavatsky [[Vol. 2, Page]] 487 THE GREAT RED DRAGON. "According to Josephus, the Hyk-sos were the ancestors of the Israelites.* This is doubtless substantially true. The Hebrew Scriptures, which tell a somewhat different story, were written at a later period, and underwent several revisions, before they were promulgated with any degree of publicity. Typhon became odious in Egypt, and shepherds "an abomination. In the course of the twentieth dynasty he was suddenly treated as an evil demon, insomuch that his effigies and name are obliterated on all the monuments and inscriptions that could be reached."
"....Seth was god of the Hyk-sos, Enoch, or Inachus, of the Argives; and Abraham, Isaac, and Judah have been compared with Brahma, Ikshwaka, and Yadu of the Hindu pantheon. Typhon tumbled down from godhead to devilship, both in his own character as brother of Osiris, and as the Seth, or Satan of Asia...." (Keep in mind the "Satan" of "Asia").
[[Vol. 2, Page]] 524 ISIS UNVEILED. "On the other hand, the characteristics of the Mosaic Jehovah exhibit more of the moral disposition of Siva than of a benevolent, "long-suffering" God. Besides, to be identified with Siva is no small compliment, for the latter is God of wisdom. Wilkinson depicts him as the most intellectual of the Hindu gods. He is three-eyed, and, like Jehovah, terrible in his resistless revenge and wrath. And, although the Destroyer, yet he is the re-creator of all things in perfect wisdom."
The aspect of Wisdom does connect to Fudo Myoo as the "Wisdom King", though there is more information on this subject. Now, based on the God "Typhon" would show this connection to the fire God Set, and how this leads to the Brahmins (Aryans) being led by the God of fire into the lands of India and China. Speaking of Genesis 15, when Abram made the animal sacrifice and then states a "horror of darkness" fell upon him. This particular God speaks to him saying that his children will be under the bondage of the Egyptians for 400 years until they are taken out with so much wealth. I find how this strangely complies with the worship of the Egyptian God Set, as he was supposed to represent foreigners and evil. This details the people called the"Hyksos" which supposedly means foreign ruler, and was said to be worshipers of Set. Now, in the Wiki states this excerpt on the "Hyksos" and "Set":
"When, c. 1522 BCE, Ahmose I overthrew the Hyksos and expelled them, Egyptians' attitudes towards Asiatic foreigners became xenophobic, and royal propaganda discredited the period of Hyksos rule. The Set cult at Avaris flourished, nevertheless, and the Egyptian garrison of Ahmose stationed there became part of the priesthood of Set. The founder of the Nineteenth Dynasty, Ramesses I came from a military family from Avaris with strong ties to the priesthood of Set. Several of the Ramesside kings were named after the god, most notably Seti I (literally, "man of Set") and Setnakht (literally, "Set is strong"). In addition, one of the garrisons of Ramesses II held Set as its patron deity, and Ramesses II erected the so-called "Four Hundred Years' Stele" at Pi-Ramesses, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Set cult in the Nile delta."
So, would it be a coincidence that the term "400" years of worshiping Set, be the same as the God of fire stating to Abram on how the Israelites will be under the Egyptians for 400 years? It seems that Set would obviously be the God of fire through his fiery presence, as a storm deity, for his chaotic nature and envy (as He is a Jealous God) all leading back to this very God in the Bible. Now, what is more compelling is this so-called devil is shown to be the very God who gave the commandments to the Children of Israel to live in harmony with each other and hates witchcraft, sorcery, familiars, divinations and eschews evil etc. Based from Blavatsky's "The Secret Doctrine", she details how the God of the Jews is based on the Dragon however, I will detail how Agni is really based on "Michael the Archangel" and not the Red Dragon that is told. The reasons will make sense later in this Chapter.
Now, even the God Hermes is shown to connect to the Hopi God called "Masau'u", with whom is also called "The Great Spirit". It is apparent that the Yezidis state the God Masau'u would be Tawus Melek as they have similar stories. Let's look at some of the excerpts from a book called "Pueblo Gods and Myths" by Hamilton A. Tyler. "Here is a thorough, and long-needed, presentation of the nature of the Pueblo gods and myths. The Pueblo Indians, which include the Hopi, Zufii, and Keres groups, and their ancestors are closely bound to the Plateau region of the United States, . . . and-especially in recent years-New Mexico and Arizona. . . . There is an unmistakable analogy between Masau’u [Hopi] and the Christian Devil, and between the Greek god Hermes, who guided dead souls on their journey to the nether world. Mr. Tyler has drawn many useful comparisons between the religions of the Pueblos and the Greeks. ‘Because there is a widespread knowledge of the Greek gods and their ways,’ the author writes, ‘many people will thus be at ease with the Pueblo gods and myths.’ Of utmost importance is the final chapter of the book, which relates Pueblo cosmology to contemporary Western thought. . . . This account of their [the Pueblos] epic struggIe to accommodate themselves and their society to the cosmic order is ‘must’ reading for historians, +ethnologists, students of comparative religions, and for all who take an interest in the role of religious devotion in their own lives."
In the website on The Peacock angel states this: "The Hopis of Arizona know the Peacock Angel as their Masau’u, the King of the World during this era of the Fourth World. According to their tradition, Masau’u, whom the Hopis address as the “Great Spirit,” was ruler of the Third World but then fell from grace because of his pride. He subsequently lost his position as planetary ruler but was then reinstated to that exalted office at the beginning of the Fourth World."
In one source states: "Skeleton Man is Lord of the Dead in Hopi mythology, but is often depicted as a benign and even humorous figure. In the Hopi creation epic Skeleton Man is a culture hero who taught the Hopis the arts of agriculture as well as warning them about the dangers of the world. In other legends, he plays the role of a very earthy trickster who chases women and makes bumbling mistakes. These funny and scandalous stories make Skeleton Man into a more endearing, accessible figure. Although his aspects can be terrifying, Skeleton Man is generally considered a great friend of humanity who can be trusted to take care of Hopi people in the afterlife."
In the book "Pueblo Gods and Myths" by Hamilton A. Tyler states Masau'u to be a fire diety who would give fire to mankind. He is considered a feared deity who destroys everything he touches (Like Rudra the God of destruction and the Navajo Black God of fire from the Chapter "Shiva in the Bible"), and is a Psychopomp, which deals with the dead and a fertility deity. He is compared to Hermes as they are both trickster deities and fire deities. Here he is referred to as the "Great Spirit" the God who lives in the third world. He always would carry a blazing torch (similar to Prometheus, Mars and Venus, as they all carry the torches connecting to Genesis 15:17 "....behold a smoking furnace, and a burning "lamp/torch"..)
In the website called "Ancientpages.com" based on Masau'u states this: "The Hopi Indians’ encounter with Maasaw was very emotional and frightening. His physical appearance was so horrifying that many of the Hopi Indians ran. Some of the Hopi had the courage to stay because they had been looking for him for such a long time. They wanted to listen to Maasaw and receive spiritual wisdom. The remarkable encounter with Maasaw is one of the reasons why the Hopi are today considered keepers of sacred knowledge."
"The Hopi Indians have a very rich mythological tradition stretching back over centuries and they have stories about their ancestral journeys through three worlds to the Fourth World, where the people live today. According to Hopi legends, Maasaw (Masaw ,Massau, Masauwu) was a spirit that could not die and he was therefore appointed to be Guardian of the Underworld. He is described as a Skeleton Man and Lord of the Dead in Hopi mythology. Hopi mythology tells about the existence of worlds before our own. All previous worlds were destroyed because people became disobedient and lived contrary to Tawa’s plan. Tawa is the Sun spirit and creator in Hopi mythology. There are different versions of how the previous worlds were destroyed and who managed to survive. Some legends tell that the Third World was destroyed along with all evil people, but other stories reveal good inhabitants were simply led away from the chaos which had been created by their actions." (Here Tawa would be like Brahma as the Creator)
"Maasaw looked like a skeleton man, a stick person and he was a fearsome sight. When the Hopi Indians accepted Maasaw’s frightening physical appearance, his attitude began to change and he gave them wonderful knowledge. Maasaw explained to them how they should live and allowed their people to flourish."
Then it gets very interesting in the website "The Hopi/Extraterrestrial Connection: As Above, So Below", as Sean Casteel details some stories from the Hopi on Masau'u: “The flying shields are interesting,” he said, “because the term for them is ‘paatuwvota.’ The prefix for this word is ‘paa,’ which means ‘water’ or ‘wonder.’ Some think that this describes the concentric circles in water, the way they expand in water. This is the way flying shields looked in the air when they were flying.” Along with Sotuknang, the benevolent Kachinas, the spirit messengers, also pilot the flying shields-type craft." In India they would be called "Vimanas" as flying ships by the ancients....
"There is yet another Hopis god with extraterrestrial overtones, named Masau’u. “Masau’u was there at the beginning of the Fourth World . He’s the god of the Earth and the underworld and fire. This god led the people around and determined where they should build their villages. The people were basically migrating across the desert and building stone pueblos. They would live in these pueblos for maybe a century or less, and then they would abandon things and move on to another place. And the god Masau’u was with them all along in their journey. That’s where I believe this pattern of Orion on the desert of Arizona was fixed, by their migrations and the instructions of the Hopi god about where to build these villages."
“But Masau’u is a strange looking creature,” David continued. “He has a bulbous head and very large round eyes and a large round mouth. And he’s kind of bald. It’s said that his skin resembles the texture of a summer squash, kind of bumpy like that. His feet are very long and his body is always described as being gray. In fact, the word ‘amaus,’ the root word of Masau’u, literally means in the Hopi language gray. There are connections with the underworld and death and this kind of subterranean world that Masau’u is supposed to inhabit. “Artists have made drawings based upon the descriptions that the Hopi elders have made of this particular god and it really looks like an extraterrestrial gray. Our contemporary idea of what a gray looks like matches this ancient Hopi god perfectly. So, like I say, this god has a lot to do with how the Hopis lived and where they settled. Perhaps another extraterrestrial creature or maybe an inter-dimensional creature was assisting the Hopi in their life, in their existence in this Fourth World .”
Speaking of Extraterrestrials, there is a 2008 video segment by Sadhguru on describing Shiva as an "alien being". Here Sadhguru starts to describe some strange things about Shiva, like him having different forms, (as he can appear beautiful, and even have a form that is either ugly or strange looking), to "disappearing" out of nowhere and appearing with strange beings looking like demons and goblins. Even Kailash (being the mountain of shiva's abode) would be a place where he "disappears", thus bringing an aura of mystery to this mountain.
Strangely enough, "Ancient Aliens" actually did a segment on Mount Kailash, and how this mountain is said look like a Pyramid, and when climbing, can accelerate your age faster than normal. Nowadays, these beings would be called "Extraterrestrials" or "Aliens", but within the Biblical stand point, they are called "Angels and Demons" or even "Gods".
(There are many verses in the Bible detailing God dwelling on his holy mountain. It even shows that the lands of Israel would be surrounded by mountains, in which is very interesting......)
Based from Credo Mutwa's African's Ancient Alien species", on the segment where he talks about the constellation of "Orion", he states that this star system could be where Humans had originated from, or where God had sent a warrior to battle against the dragon gods (as Chitauri) and other nasty aliens. He states that there is a legend of a Giant hunter being sent by God to create mankind on Earth, and how he was assisted with a lion with black mane and a dog. Very interesting references to Orion who is shown to have the dog and lion hide symbolism. Even this story correlates to Melek Taus being ordered by God to create mankind on Earth, and Iblis being assisted by a dog as some the Islamic Lore states.
Now, what's very interesting in learning about "Melek Taus" and "Iblis/Azazil", is that they were considered "Leaders" of God's Angelic Angels. Though there were several depictions of him throughout the Lore, based from the information in "Red Haired Giants" and "Alien Mysteries", this being is none other than the Angel "Michael", as the one who was sent to defeat the entities and Giants that was plaguing mankind. The Yezidis states that this Angel is Michael the Archangel (though other sources depict them as seperate), but based from Blavatsky's "The Secret Doctrine" details this interesting information.
In "The Secret Doctrine" by Madame Blavatsky on the chapter "The Origin of the Satanic myth" states this [[Vol. 2, Page]] 394: "Before the creation of Adam, two races lived and succeeded each other on Earth; the Devs who reigned 7,000 years, and the Peris (the Izeds) who reigned but 2,000, during the existence of the former. The Devs were giants, strong and wicked; the Peris were smaller in stature, but wiser and kinder....Gyan (or rather Gnan, true or occult Wisdom and knowledge), also called Gian-ben-Gian (or Wisdom, son of Wisdom), was the king of the Peris."
"He had a shield as famous as that of Achilles, only instead of serving against an enemy in war, it served as a protection against black magic, the sorcery of the Devs. Gian-ben-Gian had reigned 2,000 years when Iblis, the devil, was permitted by God to defeat the Devs and scatter them to the other end of the world. Even the magic shield, which, produced on the principles of astrology, destroyed charms, enchantments, and bad spells, could not prevail against Iblis, who was an agent of Fate (or Karma)".
This statement says that Iblis would carry a "shield", and the Yezidis would state that one of this Angel's incarnation is "Michael the Archangel". Then based from connecting the story of the Red Horn story to "Fudo Myoo/Acala", details that this God would battle the different monsters, Giants and other entities that walked the Earth.
Based from the Chinese Lore on "Heidi (god)" states this in the Wiki: "Hēidì (Chinese: 黑帝; lit. 'Black Deity') or Hēishén (黑神; 'Black God'), who is the Běidì (北帝; 'North Deity', Cantonese: Pak Tai) or Běiyuèdàdì (北岳大帝; 'Great Deity of the Northern Peak') is a deity in Chinese religion, one of the cosmological "Five Forms of the Highest Deity" (五方上帝; Wǔfāng Shàngdì). He is also identified as Zhuānxū (颛顼), today frequently worshipped as Xuánwǔ (玄武; 'Dark Warrior') or Zhēnwǔ (真武), and is associated with the essence of water and winter. His animal form is the Black Dragon and his stellar animal is the tortoise-snake. By virtue of his association with the north he has been identified and revered frequently as a representation of the supreme God of Heaven."
"A Taoist title of Heidi is the "Dark (or Mysterious) Heavenly Highest Deity" (玄天上帝; Xuántiān Shàngdì). According to a myth, during the fall of the Shang the Demon King ravaged the world, so that Yuanshi Tianzun ordered the Jade Emperor to appoint Heidi as the commander of twelve heavenly legions to fight this evil. Heidi defeated the Demon King and was subsequently granted the title of Mysterious Heavenly Highest Deity. In temples dedicated to him, the bronze tortoise and serpent under the feet of his image signify that the good always prevails over evil."
This is merely the same story, only that they detail this being as a black god that defeated the great demon in the "War in the Heavens". This should only give clues as to this Angel being the one that battled against the entities altogether. There were many changes when sifting through the stories, but the battle and the description of this God remains the same. Michael the Archangel would be shown with "red hair", and is the Angel Azazil, Iblis and Red Horn.
So, since finding that Michael and Azazil are the same Angel, then the story from "Revelations 12:7" would detail the great battle between Michael and the dragon god. Now, when observing Susanoo story and his behavior, it states Susanoo is described as having a "wild and violent nature", to which is pretty much like the wrathful Fudo Myoo and Acala. Then him getting kicked out of Heaven by Izanagi is something like Satan getting kicked out of Heaven. These examples also connect to Indra the God that defeated the dragon God Vritra, then to the legendary battle of the eight headed dragon, details a connection to the fire God battling against the water dragon god of the seas. Based on that concept, I wouldn't see Susanoo as the God of the seas, but of fire, especially seeing this nature and story connecting to the God of fire.
The story of Izanagi and Izanami creating the world, is basically the same as Fuxi and Nuwa creating the world. Izanami's descent into the underworld, is where the Sumerian Tammuz and Inanna stories connect, and the eating of the fruit of the underworld pertains to Persephone eating the pomegranate. So, when trying to learn about the Gods of Japan and Korea, I find that some of these sources are rather obscure like they are hiding something, but of course I'm not surprised by this factor. Based on the Susanoo page details that Susanoo is similar or the same as Gozu Tenno the God who creates and heals people from pestilence. I will detail further connections on the God of Pestilence relating to Susanoo and the God of fire in the Bible. But first let's see what the Wiki states on Susanoo:
"Susanoo (スサノオ; historical orthography: スサノヲ, 'Susanowo') is a kami in Japanese mythology. The younger brother of Amaterasu, goddess of the sun and mythical ancestress of the Japanese imperial line, he is a multifaceted deity with contradictory characteristics (both good and bad), being portrayed in various stories either as a wild, impetuous god associated with the sea and storms, as a heroic figure who killed a monstrous serpent, or as a local deity linked with the harvest and agriculture."
"Syncretic beliefs that arose after the introduction of Buddhism to Japan also saw Susanoo becoming conflated with deities of pestilence and disease. Susanoo, alongside Amaterasu and the earthly kami Ōkuninushi (also Ōnamuchi) – who, depending on the source, is depicted as being either Susanoo's son or descendant – is one of the central deities of the imperial Japanese mythological cycle recorded in the Kojiki (c. 712 CE) and the Nihon Shoki (720 CE). One of the gazetteer reports (Fudoki) commissioned by the imperial court during the same period these texts were written, that of Izumo Province (modern Shimane Prefecture) in western Japan, also contains a number of short legends concerning Susanoo or his children, suggesting a connection between the god and this region. In addition, a few other myths also hint at a connection between Susanoo and the Korean Peninsula."
"Susanoo's name is variously given in the Kojiki as 'Takehaya-Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (建速須佐之男命), 'Haya-Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (速須佐之男命), or simply as 'Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (須佐之男命). He is meanwhile named in the Nihon Shoki as 'Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (素戔嗚尊), 'Kamu-Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (神素戔嗚尊), 'Haya-Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (速素戔嗚尊), and 'Take-Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (武素戔嗚尊). The Fudoki of Izumo Province renders his name both as 'Kamu-Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (神須佐能袁命) and 'Susanoo-no-Mikoto' (須佐能乎命). In these texts the following honorific prefixes are attached to his name: take- (建/武, "brave"), haya- (速, "swift"), and kamu- (神, "divine"). The susa in Susanoo's name has been variously explained as being derived from either of the following words: The verb susabu or susamu meaning 'to be impetuous,' 'to be violent,' or 'to go wild'. The verb susumu, 'to advance' The township of Susa (須佐郷) in Iishi District, Izumo Province (modern Shimane Prefecture) A word related to the Middle Korean 'susung', meaning 'master' or 'shaman'."
Now, the reader can look up the conflicts between Amaterasu and Susanoo, but I wanted to share how this God connects to Azazil and the God of fire in the Bible. Based from this excerpt in the Wiki details this: Slaying the Yamata no Orichi: "After his banishment, Susanoo came down from heaven to Ashihara-no-Nakatsukuni (葦原中国, the 'Central Land of Reed Plains', i.e. the earthly land of Japan), to the land of Izumo, where he met an elderly couple named Ashinazuchi (足名椎 / 脚摩乳) and Tenazuchi (手名椎 / 手摩乳), who told him that seven of their eight daughters had been devoured by a monstrous serpent known as the Yamata no Orochi (八俣遠呂智 / 八岐大蛇, "eight-forked serpent") and it was nearing time for their eighth, Kushinadahime (櫛名田比売; also called Kushiinadahime, Inadahime, or Makami-Furu-Kushiinadahime in the Shoki). Sympathizing with their plight, Susanoo hid Kushinadahime by transforming her into a comb (kushi), which he placed in his hair."
"He then made the serpent drunk on strong sake and then killed it as it lay in a drunken stupor. From within the serpent's tail Susanoo discovered the sword Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, "Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven"), also known as Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (草薙剣, "Grass-Cutting Sword"), which he then presented to Amaterasu as a reconciliatory gift."
"[Susanoo-no-Mikoto] said to Ashinazuchi and Tenazuchi-no-Kami: "Distill thick wine of eight-fold brewings; build a fence, and make eight doors in the fence. At each door, tie together eight platforms, and on each of these platforms place a wine barrel. Fill each barrel with the thick wine of eight-fold brewings, and wait."
"They made the preparations as he had instructed, and as they waited, the eight-tailed dragon came indeed, as [the old man] had said. Putting one head into each of the barrels, he drank the wine; then, becoming drunk, he lay down and slept. Then Haya-Susanoo-no-Mikoto unsheathed the sword ten hands long which he was wearing at his side, and hacked the dragon to pieces, so that the Hi river ran with blood. When he cut [the dragon's] middle tail, the blade of his sword broke. Thinking this strange, he thrust deeper with the stub of his sword, until a great sharp sword appeared. He took this sword out and, thinking it an extraordinary thing, reported [the matter] and presented [the sword] to Amaterasu-Ōmikami. This is the sword Kusa-nagi."
"Amaterasu later bequeathed the sword to Ninigi, her grandson by Ame-no-Oshihomimi, along with the mirror Yata no Kagami and the jewel Yasakani no Magatama. This sacred sword, mirror, and jewel collectively became the three Imperial Regalia of Japan. While most accounts place Susanoo's descent in the headwaters of the river Hi in Izumo (肥河 / 簸之川, Hi-no-Kawa, identified with the Hii River in modern Shimane Prefecture), with the Kojiki specifying the area to be a place called Torikami (鳥髮, identified with Mount Sentsū in eastern Shimane), one variant in the Shoki instead has Susanoo descend to the upper reaches of the river E (可愛之川, E-no-kawa) in the province of Aki (identified with the Gōnokawa River in modern Hiroshima Prefecture). Kushinadahime's parents are here given the names Ashinazu-Tenazu (脚摩手摩) and Inada-no-Miyanushi-Susa-no-Yatsumimi (稲田宮主簀狭之八箇耳); here, Kushinadahime is not yet born when Susanoo slew the Yamata no Orochi."
"The ten-span sword Susanoo used to slay the Yamata no Orochi, unnamed in the Kojiki and the Shoki's main text, is variously named in the Shoki's variants as Orochi-no-Aramasa (蛇之麁正, 'Rough [and] True [Blade] of the Serpent'), Orochi-no-Karasabi-no-Tsurugi (蛇韓鋤之剣, 'Korean (Kara) Sword of the Serpent' or 'Flashing Sword of the Serpent'), and Ame-no-Haekiri-no-Tsurugi (天蝿斫剣, 'Heavenly Fly Cutter', also Ame-no-Hahakiri 'Heavenly Serpent (haha) Cutter'). In the Kogo Shūi it is dubbed Ame-no-Habakiri (天羽々斬, also Ame-no-Hahakiri). This sword is said to have been originally enshrined in Isonokami Futsumitama Shrine in Bizen Province (modern Okayama Prefecture) before it was transferred to Isonokami Shrine in Yamato Province (modern Nara Prefecture)."
Now comes this interesting connection to "Muto Tenjin" and "Gozu Tenno". Susanoo, Mutō Tenjin and Gozu Tennō: "The syncretic deity Gozu Tennō (牛頭天王, "Ox-Headed Heavenly King"), originally worshiped at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto and at other shrines such as Tsushima Shrine in Aichi Prefecture, was historically conflated with Susanoo. Originally a deity of foreign import (India and Korea have all been suggested as possible origins), Gozu Tennō was widely revered since the Heian period as a god of pestilence, who both caused disease and cured them."
"Gozu Tennō became associated with another deity called Mutō-no-Kami (武塔神) or Mutō Tenjin (武塔天神), who appears in the legend of Somin Shōrai (蘇民将来). This legend relates that Mutō, a god from the northern sea, embarked on a long journey to court the daughter of the god of the southern seas. On his way he sought lodging from a wealthy man, but was turned down. He then went to the home of a poor man (sometimes identified as the rich man's brother) named Somin Shōrai, who gave him food and shelter. Years later, Mutō returned and slew the rich man and his family but spared Somin Shōrai's house. Some versions of the story have Mutō repaying Somin Shōrai for his hospitality by giving the poor man's daughter a wreath of susuki (Miscanthus sinensis) reeds that she is to wear while declaring, "[I am] the descendant of Somin Shōrai" (蘇民将来之子孫也, Somin Shōrai no shison nari). By doing so, she and her descendants would be spared from pestilence."
"The deity in this story, Mutō, is often conflated with Gozu Tennō (who, as his name implies, was born with the head of an ox) in later retellings, though one version identifies Gozu Tennō as Mutō Tenjin's son. The earliest known version of this legend, found in the Fudoki of Bingo Province (modern eastern Hiroshima Prefecture) compiled during the Nara period (preserved in an extract quoted by scholar and Shinto priest Urabe Kanekata in the Shaku Nihongi), has Mutō explicitly identify himself as Susanoo."
"This suggests that Susanoo and Mutō Tenjin were already conflated in the Nara period, if not earlier. Sources that equate Gozu Tennō with Susanoo only first appear during the Kamakura period (1185–1333), although one theory supposes that these three gods and various other disease-related deities were already loosely coalesced around the 9th century, probably around the year 877 when a major epidemic swept through Japan."
Now, let's see what Gozu Tenno details: "Gozu Tennō (牛頭天王, lit. "Ox-Headed Heavenly King") is a syncretic Japanese deity of disease and healing. Originally imported to Japan from mainland Asia, he was regarded since the Heian period both as a causer of and protector against epidemics and eventually became amalgamated with the native kami Susanoo during the medieval and early modern periods."
"During the Meiji period, when the government mandated the separation of Shinto and Buddhism, Shinto shrines dedicated to Gozu Tennō of the Gion cult [ja] tradition such as Yasaka Shrine in the Gion district of Kyoto or Tsushima Shrine in Tsushima, Aichi Prefecture officially reidentified their enshrined deity as Susanoo."
"The origins and early development of the Gozu Tennō cult before it reached Japan, as well as the process of his amalgamation with other deities, are unclear and a matter of debate. One theory for instance claims that Gozu Tennō was originally a minor Buddhist deity regarded as the protector of the monastery (vihara) of Jetavana, with his Sanskrit name being reconstructed either as 'Gavagrīva' ("Ox-Necked") or 'Gośirsa Devarāja' ("Ox-Headed Divine King", a calque of 'Gozu Tennō'). From India, the deity's cult was supposedly transmitted to Japan via Tibet and China, where it was influenced by esoteric Buddhism and Taoism."
"Another theory proposes a Korean origin for the deity. Gozu Tennō was historically identified with a number of deities, foremost among these being Susanoo, the impetuous storm god of classical Japanese mythology, and Mutō-no-Kami (武塔神), an obscure deity who appears in the legend of Somin Shōrai. The story relates that Mutō was a god from the northern sea who stayed at the house of a poor man named Somin Shōrai after Somin Shōrai's wealthy brother refused to give him lodgings. Mutō later provided Somin Shōrai's family a magical means to save themselves from future epidemics as a reward for their hospitality and slew the rich man who rejected him."
"The earliest extant version of this legend dating from the Nara period (surviving in an extract quoted in a medieval work) has Mutō revealing himself to be Susanoo, suggesting that the two deities were already being conflated during the 8th century, if not earlier. Sources that equate Gozu Tennō with Susanoo first appear during the Kamakura period (1185–1333), although one theory supposes that these three gods and various other disease-related deities were already loosely coalesced around the 9th century, probably around the year 877 when a major epidemic swept through Japan."
"In later versions of the Somin Shōrai legend, the deity in the story came to be identified as Gozu Tennō, who at this stage had become more or less synonymous with both Susanoo and Mutō (though one source instead applies the name 'Mutō' to Gozu Tennō's father). The idea that Gozu Tennō had Korean roots stems in part from his association with these two gods. Mutō's name for instance is believed to derive from the Korean word mudang, "shamaness", while a story recorded in the Nihon Shoki (720 CE) claims that Susanoo, after his banishment from heaven, came down to a place called 'Soshimori' in the land of Silla and from there crossed the sea to Japan. Indeed, the epithet gozu ("ox-head(ed)") has been explained as being derived from 'Soshimori', here interpreted as a Korean toponym meaning "Bull's (so) Head (mari)".
Based from Rig veda states this: "In Rigveda, Indra is described as strong willed, armed with a thunderbolt, riding a chariot: 5. Let bullish heaven strengthen you, the bull; as bull you travel with your two bullish fallow bays. As bull with a bullish chariot, well-lipped one, as bull with bullish will, you of the mace, set us up in loot." — Rigveda, Book 5, Hymn 37: Jamison
Iconography: "Gozu Tennō was usually portrayed as a fierce-looking man with the head of an ox above his head He is sometimes shown wielding an axe in one hand and a noose or lasso in the other, though other depictions may instead show him brandishing a sword or a halberd. He may be clad either in Indian-style garments, a suit of armor, or (rarely) in Japanese (Heian period) clothing. Some artworks might depict the deity with multiple arms and heads: a late Heian period statue in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture for instance shows him with three faces and four arms."
"Another statue in Tsushima, Aichi Prefecture depicts him with twelve arms, four heads (two fierce human heads each with a single horn, a horse's head, and an ox's head), and bird talons for feet. An ink drawing on a wooden panel (dating from 1490) which portrays the god with five heads is preserved in a temple in Konan, Shiga Prefecture. Several early modern depictions of Susanoo identify the deity as Gozu Tennō and may even exhibit iconographic traits of the latter (e.g. the ox's head) such as the first two images in this article."
So, he is stated to be the same as Susanoo, but I also see that other sources details him to have "talons for feet", thus indicating the bird symbolism towards this God. Here are other depictions on this deity, and see the similarities to the God Red Horn who had battled against the different monsters on Earth. Here shows the connection of the red God with "faces for ears" as the Winnebago legend of Red Horn states, and how he came to destroy the evil spirits and Giants in the land. Just like Acala/Fudo Myoo, Indra/Agni was said to carry the noose, bow and arrows, and also the sword to battle the demons.
Now, based on the story of Susanoo as the "wild and violent God" who battles the dragon, can connect to the God "Erlang Shen". Let's see what the Wiki states on this subject: "Erlang Shen (二郎神) or Erlang, also known as the Lord of Sichuan (川主), is a Chinese god with a third truth-seeing eye in the middle of his forehead. Erlang Shen may be a deified version of several semi-mythical folk heroes who helped regulate China's torrential floods dating variously from the Qin, Sui, and Jin dynasties."
"A later Buddhist source identifies him as the second son of the Northern Heavenly King Vaishravana. In the Ming semi-mythical novels Creation of the Gods and Journey to the West, Erlang Shen is the nephew of the Jade Emperor. In the former, he assists the Zhou army in defeating the Shang. In the latter, he is the second son of a mortal and the Jade Emperor's sister Yaoji. In the legend, he is known as the greatest warrior god of heaven."
Li Erlang: "Li Erlang was the second son of Li Bing from the Qin dynasty. According to the "Story about Li Bing and His Son in Harnessing the Rivers" in the Records of Guansian, Li Erlang assisted his father in the construction of the complex irrigation system that prevented the Min River from flooding and irrigated the Chengdu Plain. In thanks for the prosperity that this brought to them, the local people elevated the father and son to gods and dedicated the Two Kings Temple in their honor."
"Legend states that Governor Li Bing sent his son out to discover the source of the flooding. He spent a year exploring the county without success. One day whilst sheltering in a cave, he encountered a tiger which he slew and seven hunters who had witnessed this bravery agreed to join him in his quest. The group finally came to a cottage on the outskirts of Guan County (modern Dujiangyan City). From within they heard the sound of an old woman crying. The woman was Grandma Wang and she told them that her grandson was to be sacrificed to an evil dragon who was the local river god. Li Erlang reported this to his father who devised a plan to capture the dragon. The eight friends hid in the River God Temple and jumped out on the dragon when it arrived to claim its offering."
"The dragon fled to the river pursued by Li Erlang, who eventually captured it. Grandma Wang arrived with an iron chain and the dragon was secured in the pool below the Dragon-Taming Temple, freeing the region from floods. Another legend tells of Li Erlang suppressing a fire dragon that lived in the mountains north of Dujiangyan by climbing to the top of Mount Yulei, turning into a giant and building a dam with 66 mountains then filling it with water from Dragon Pacifying Pool."
This battle against the dragon story is the same as Susanoo's story as well. And the deity that was said to have a dog as his assistant is similar to the Islamic Lore of Iblis having a dog. Erlang Shen's three eyes is similar to that of Rudra as well.
Now, in the Quran I came across this chapter called "An-najm" which means “The star”, and in verse 49 states:“And that He (Allah) is the Lord of Sirius.” if you were to look up the word “morning star” then you will find the name to connect to three celestial bodies. One is the famous bright planet called Venus, then there is the star called Sirius which is located around the Canis major constellation. Then there is the least known morning star which is Mercury. The star Sirius is also known as the “dog star.”
Among the Hindus it is the symbol of Rudra called "Mrgavyadha" which means “deer hunter”, or "Lubdhaka" or the “hunter”, thus connecting to the dog symbolism. Then when you cross reference this star, it shows among the Scandinavians to be called "Lokabrenna", as “Loki’s Torch”. So, does Loki have a connection to Rudra? And why call it “Loki’s Torch?" Prometheus is shown carrying a torch and Agni is said to have brought the fire to mankind, so now Loki’s star is also called by this name indicating Him to be a light bearer (Lucifer).
Now, Rudra would be said to have a connection to dogs as His symbol, and as well Iblis. Based from the story of "Ogun" of the Yoruba and Dahomey, would detail this God having the dog as his assistant. Based from the Wiki states these excerpts: "In Yoruba religion, Ogun is a primordial orisha in Yoruba Land. In some traditions, he is said to have cleared a path for the other orisha to enter Earth, using a metal ax and with the assistance of a dog. To commemorate this, one of his praise names, or oriki, is Osin Imole or the "first of the primordial Orisha to come to Earth". He is the god of war and metals. The primary symbols of Ogun are iron, the dog, and the palm frond. In Dahomey religion, Gu is the vodun of war and patron deity of smiths and craftsmen. He was sent to earth to make it a nice place for people to live, and he has not yet finished this task."
Now, Loki was also said to be a fiery God as well as having red hair and a link to Rudra. Apparently, one of his children is the great wolf "Fenrir", along with the world serpent "Jorgmandur", the daughter "Hel" and the eight-legged steed "sleipnir". Although Loki would also have the bird symbolism, It also states that he shapeshifts into a bird in one point of the story.
In Chinese astronomy Sirius is known as the star of the "Celestial wolf". Many nations among the indigenous peoples of North America also associated Sirius with canines; the Seri and Tohono O'odham of the southwest note the star as a dog that follows mountain sheep, while the Blackfoot called it "Dog-face". The star Sirius is also referenced as Rudra's star and Lokabrenna or "Loki's Torch". The Cherokee paired Sirius with Antares as a dog-star guardian of either end of the "Path of Souls". The Pawnee of Nebraska had several associations; the Wolf (Skidi) tribe knew it as the "Wolf Star", while other branches knew it as the "Coyote Star". Further north, the Alaskan Inuit of the Bering Strait called it "Moon Dog". Even the word "Tengu" is supposed to connect to "Heavenly dog" and "heavenly bird". See "The Lord of Sirius 1&2".
As Li Bing: "As Li Bing, the first hydraulic engineer in the Shu area, was the hero who stopped the flooding of the Min River by constructing the Dujiangyan. This somehow led to Li Bing being turned into a folk hero who defeated a river god in order to save his prefecture from being flooded, where this story had then associated him as a new river god that protected the local people in the area from floods."
"However, a discrepancy comes up that even though Li Bing/Erlang was known as Guankou Shen, the river that he is associated with is in Qianwei and not Guankou. Another discrepancy is that Li Erlang had never appeared in any of the tales related to stopping the Min River. The first appearance of Li Erlang was in Zhishui ji 治水記 by Li Ying 李膺 of the Liang 梁 Dynasty. Historically Li Bing was conferred an official title until the Five Dynasties period under the rule of the Shu kingdom. He rose to political power when the great flood that occurred on the twenty-sixth day of the eighth month in 920 AD was reported to the emperor by Daoist Du Guangting."
Yang Jian: "Many legends and novels often describe Erlang as Yang Jian, a nephew of the Jade Emperor. According to an ancient text, Erlang Baojuan, Yang Jian's mother, was the Jade Emperor's sister, Princess Yaoji who was imprisoned under Mount Tao because she violated the Heavenly Rules by marrying a human named Yang Tianyou. Many years later, her son Yang Jian cleaved Mount Tao using his axe, hoping to set his mother free. He did successfully rescue his mother after he chased away the sun by carrying a mountain on his back."
"In the 2009 TV series Prelude of Lotus Lantern, he was not successful in the rescue mission as his mother was quickly incinerated by ten of her nephews. A grieving Yang Jian slaughtered nine of the ten sun deities with his axe. Later, he was dissuaded from killing the last sun by the moon goddess Chang'e and married a Dragon Princess, though it was an unhappy marriage that ended in divorce. After divorcing the abusive Dragon Princess, Yang Jian went to the celestial realms to take up the position of the Judicial God (司法天神), being in charge of enforcing the heavenly laws throughout the three realms with an iron fist. Both these incidents are entirely modern theatrical adaptations of the old myth."
Other identifications: "Erlang Shen is also identified with Zhao Yu, a hermit who lived on Mount Qingcheng and was appointed by Emperor Yang of Sui as Governor of Jiazhou. Zhao Yu is said to have set forth with 1000 men to defeat a flood dragon that had been tormenting the area. Upon reaching the river, Zhao Yu dived into the water with his double-edged sword and emerged holding the dragon’s head. Following his death, according to the Chronicle of Changshu County, the region was once again plagued by flood and he was seen riding a white horse amidst the swirling currents. The locals built a temple enshrining Zhao Yu as the god Erlang and the floods were subdued. Deng Xia is said to have been a general under Erlang who surpassed his predecessors in valor and defeated a flood dragon, receiving the title "Erlang Shen" and a temple in his honor at Zhongqingli in Hangzhou."
These stories of a Warrior defeating the water dragon god, is merely the story of a thunder and fire deity battling the water God. Based from the story of "Gong Gong" also details the same story of a fire deity battling the water deity. Based from "Gong Gong" details this story:
"Gonggong is a Chinese water god who is depicted in Chinese mythology and folktales as having a copper human head with an iron forehead, red hair, and the body of a serpent, or sometimes the head and torso are human, with the tail of a serpent. He is destructive and is blamed for various cosmic catastrophes. In all accounts, Gonggong ends up being killed or sent into exile, usually after losing a struggle with another major deity such as the fire god Zhurong. In astronomy, the dwarf planet 225088 Gonggong is named after Gonggong."
Legend: "Gonggong is known from the late Warring States period (before 221 BC). Gonggong appears in the ancient "Heavenly Questions" (Tianwen) poem of the Chu Ci, where he is blamed for knocking the earth's axis off center, causing it to tilt to the southeast and the sky to tilt to the northwest. This axial tilt is used to explain why the rivers of China generally flow to the southeast, especially the Yangzi River and the Yellow River, and why the sun, moon, and stars move towards the northwest."
"Literature from the Han dynasty becomes much more detailed regarding Gonggong. Gonggong was credited in various mythological contexts as being responsible for great floods, often in concert with his minister Xiangliu (a.k.a. Xiangyao), who has nine heads and the body of a snake. Gonggong was ashamed that he lost the fight with Zhurong, the Chinese god of fire, to claim the throne of Heaven. In a fit of rage, he smashed his head against Buzhou Mountain, one of eight pillars holding up the sky, greatly damaging it and causing the sky to tilt towards the northwest and the earth to shift to the southeast, which caused great floods and suffering."
"The goddess Nüwa cut off the legs of the giant turtle Ao and used them in place of the fallen pillar, ending the floods and suffering; she was, however, unable to fully correct the tilted sky and earth and alter their effects on the sun, moon, stars, and rivers in China."
It's apparent that the story of "Hou Yi" slaying the nine out of ten suns, is linked to Iblis battling the Jinn race to which a few were left alone to repopulate. He didn't kill all of them, but left some alive as the story states.
Now, based from the Rig Vedas would detail Agni to being Indra's brother, to being a messenger, and being almalgamated with other deities, however, based from the story of the fire God battling the dragon god, details a totally different story compared to what Agni is shown in the Rig Vedas. In all of this, I find that this being is one and the same as the God of fire in the Bible, and how this is really Michael the Archangel. Here, the original depictions show how the stories and legends are based on this bird deity with "red hair" battling another deity (This details that the original symbol of this God is the bird). Here is a verse detailing the Dragon and the River reference.
Ezekiel 29:3-5 “Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.”