Usage Judeo-Christian Legend, Popular Culture
Pronounced Pron. ba-fo-met
Other Forms FormsBaphometh/baffometi (Medieval Latin), Bafometz (Occitan)
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Meaning & History
Probably from a medieval corruption of MAHOMET. This appears in the Inquisition of the Knights Templar as the name of an alleged Muslim or pagan idol. In the 19th century it became associated with a Western occult symbol drawn by Eliphas Lévi, a "Sabbatic Goat" image depicting a demonic horned god.