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From: Pat Luther 
Subject: Re: Baphomet
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 1996 22:54:29 -0700 (PDT)

Actually I think the etymology you're looking for is Greek.  
Baph-Metis.   Metis is Greek for wisdom, I'm not sure about Baph.   But I 
have also heard  the "baptism of wisdom"   theory.   I have also heard 
that it means "all colors"  ie.  Black, and the resolution of all antinomys.
The most credible etymology I;ve heard however is that it is a corruption 
of "Mahomet"  its self a corruption of "Mohammed".

Zack Dubnoff (Masquerading as Pat Luther.)

Pat Luther: Lex's Evil Twin -
"...And whenever all men are really hastening to be 
 slaves or tyrants we make Liberalism the prime bogey."
                              --Screwtape (C.S. Lewis)

On Sun, 28 Jul 1996, A.Pe.S. wrote:

> At 11:19 AM 7/28/96 -0500, you wrote:
> >I seem to recall an explanation that baphomet comes from a Hindu(?) word
> >which is something like baha amet (?) which means knowledge....which
> >possibly makes baphomet a symbol of the quest for knowledge.
> >
> >93
> >Mike
> I also seem to recall seeing a reference to Baphomet as deriving from an
> Arabic word or phrase meaning "Baptism of Wisdom". I don't recall the
> source. It certainly isn't owned by Christianity, and it is doubtful that it
> even originated there.
>   --Andrew

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