In demonology, Belphegor (or Beelphegor, Hebrew: בַּעַל-פְּעוֹר baʿal-pəʿōr - Lord of the Gap) is a demon, and one of the seven princes of Hell, who helps people make discoveries. He seduces people by suggesting to them ingenious inventions that will make them rich. According to some 16th-century demonologists, his power is stronger in April. Bishop and witch-hunterPeter Binsfeld believed that Belphegor tempts by means of laziness. Also, according to Peter Binsfeld's Binsfeld's Classification of Demons, Belphegor is the chief demon of the deadly sin known as Sloth in Christian tradition.
Belphegor originated as the AssyrianBaal-Peor, the Moabitish god to whom the Israelites became attached in Shittim (Numbers 25:3), which was associated with licentiousness and orgies. It was worshipped in the form of a phallus. As a demon, he is described in Kabbalistic writings as the "disputer", an enemy of the sixth Sephiroth "beauty". When summoned, he can grant riches, the power of discovery and ingenious invention. His role as a demon was to sow discord among men and seduce them to evil through the apportionment of wealth.
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Belfegore is an early-1980s Gothic band from Germany whose second album, produced by Conny Plank, features an instrumental song called "Belfegore." An earlier 4-track EP also features an instrumental called "Belfegore," though it is markedly different in tempo and timbre. The band had a video on MTV and opened for U2.
Belphegor is a minor demon in the urban fantasy series 'Agent of Hel' by Jacqueline Carey. The lead character, Daisy Johanssen, was fathered by Belphegor (also described as an incubus) and a mortal mother, and she is described as a hell-spawn "since he totally took advantage of my mom's teenaged naivete to knock her up when she accidentally summoned him with a Ouija board"
Belphegor is a recurring figure in several stories from the collection The Imago Sequence, by Laird Barron.