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Dec 27

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/27/17: Angels

Be careful who you trust; the devil was once an angel.
Old proverb

 

I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape.
Desmond Morris

 

We cannot pass our guardian angel’s bounds; resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
Saint Augustine

 

Angels have a long history in Western culture. The word itself came from the Green angelos, a translation of the Hebrew mal’ahk, meaning messenger. As such they acted as intermediaries between gods and man. The ancient Sumerians were the first to depict them with wings; the halos were an idea copied from Roman non-angel art. In the Bible, they are manlike enough to wrestle and awe onlookers with their might and power. But other particulars were not recorded. Later theologians posited them as beings made of light, or genderless, or being “without desire.” If any of you are like me, you know them from Christmas cards, fine art, and Catholic churches: girly-looking blonde-haired men in nightgowns.

Modern depictions show a more sinister and sexual side. Storm Constantine’s novels about the Grigori, fallen angels who bred with human women, depict them as amoral, brutal beings prone to anal rape. In the movie 2010 Legion, angels act as God’s army to destroy the mortal world and cleanse it. The Twilight knockoff YA novel Hush, Hush depicts a hunky male angel falling in love with a teenage girl and stalking, humiliating, and abusing her. These depictions are a far cry from the dimply guardian angel of Facebook gifs.

Hebrew tradition lists about two dozen different kinds of angels and a like number of individual beings. From these, it wasn’t too hard to random gen my own.

Imaginary Angels


 

Betelach

Tinerzriel

Amphalra

Uxrah

Irulael

Marach

Zamyel

Phaaneth

Eluseel

Chanbhayel

Taphone

Yseth

Zeunmaral

Chabiel

Urys

Seltramineth

Perusiel

Elfmral

Lukach

Telekanzel

Aragiah

Gazeth

Dhilah

Ranach

Linanon

Ankheth

Patrimal

Alraeth

Uidellus

Yungael

Saldut

Saanah

Baranael

Elfrial

Lyraniuel

Saphach

Tzeniel

Karial

Shumal

Karlbaranach

Thimyael

Minyel

Jorkaha

Chabut

Denah

Symbolas

Sataut

Myrus

Nemzaryel

Lukudraeth

Geribuel

Tassosut

Chantsael

Anulturuseth

Asmaael

Abeth

Marsuel

Dhilut

Yaschmel

Torazel

Thysial

Shispersiel

Ectraphone

Anthmal

Hallabha

Gyruel

Bhaateth

Ketiah

Shaujmid

Aresius

Ehleth

Pilger

Nebyel

Villuel

Chardeth

Marsah

Saddeth

Sybhaatuel

Kentiah

Sapharaiz

Gediael

Peranus

Tanon

Hardfariah

Yvach

Selenasma

Geribus

 

1 comment

  1. Cobalt Jade

    There are also Enochian angels, “channeled” by John Dee and Edward Kelley in the 19th century, upon whom these names are based as well, though not the more outlandish ones like Pmox and Xcz.

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