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Baphometic Images

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.satanism,talk.religion.misc,alt.religion.all-worlds
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Baphometic Images (was Baphomet Statues ...)
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 04:53:24 GMT

- wolf - wrote:
> "nagasiva"  wrote

> > "- wolf -"  wrote:

> > > If you superimpose the front cover of _The Satanic Bible_
> > > over the cover of Bessy's book, you'll see that the angles
> > > in the CoS' rendition of the star have been fixed so
> > > everything is a bit more symmetrical.
> >
> > thank you very much. do you know who did the art change?
> I'm not sure about that.  I seem to recall that Michael Aquino says
> somewhere in his _Church of Satan_ that Diane Hegarty made some
> modifications, including the modification of one of the goat's eyes 
> so it looks like a fork.  You should verify this yourself, though, 
> because I might be wrong about the source (and this information, for 
> that matter).

Getting back to the Bessy book -- i always assumed that the cover was
cooked up by an in-house graohic designer at Bessy's original French 
publishing house. The drawing is siimplified (and less realistic, when
it comes to the goat) in order to enable foil-stamping on the cover. 

The fact that someone at LaVey's organization traced that version and
changed it a bit in doing so is not a sign of much originality to me --
i think the credit still goes to the original artist (circa 930s, in the
Oswald Wrth book (???)), from which the so-far-anonymous
Bessy-book-publisher's staff graphic designer took his or her cue. 

cat yronwode

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