Who Was Azazel?

Azazel

 

Azazel is a figure from Jewish mythos. He is thought to be a fallen angel/watcher who was thrown out of heaven He became a leader of the Grigori, a group of angels who married mortal women and produced the Nephilim. Originally he was associated with Yom Kippur where there were two goats presented to the priest who had previously sacrificed a bull to atone for his sins. The goats were led into a sacred space where all of the sins of the people were placed upon one of the goats. That goat was the goat of Azazel and was driven over the edge of a cliff.

Azazel was also present in Islamic beliefs also and was associated with the unclean, desolation and waste. He is thought to have introduced human kind to forbidden knowledge in both the Islamic and Jewish cultures.

Azazel is not a demon but a fallen angel according to Enochic sources. He was a rebel that stood against God. He was the head of the watchers. Azazel is responsible for teaching people to make weapons, cosmetics and witchcraft.

The Book of Enoch 8:1–3a retells,

“And Azazel taught men to make swords and knives and shields and breastplates; and made known to them the metals [of the earth] and the art of working them; and bracelets and ornaments; and the use of antimony and the beautifying of the eyelids; and all kinds of costly stones and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray and became corrupt in all their ways.”

In the book of Enoch, Azazel is associated with Satan, hell and the serpent.

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