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Satan (Hebrew: שָּׂטָן satan, meaning "adversary") is a term, as well as the name of a figure appearing in the texts of the Abrahamic religions who brings evil and temptation, and is known as the deceiver that leads humanity astray. Some religious groups teach that he originated as an angel who fell out of favor with God, seducing humanity into the ways of sin, and who now rules over the fallen world. In the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, Satan is primarily an accuser and adversary, a decidedly malevolent entity (a.k.a. the devil) who possesses demonic qualities.

In Theistic Satanism, Satan is considered a positive force and deity who is either worshipped or revered. In LaVeyan Satanism, Satan is regarded as holding virtuous characteristics.

Namesakes

  • Les Sataniques, 1882, an album of five plates by Felicien Rops
  • Madam Satan, 1930, an American film by Cecil B. DeMille
  • Satanik, an Italian noir comic book created in December 1964 by Max Bunker and Magnus
  • Satan’s Treasures, 1895, painting by Jean Delville

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