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Baal muian
Dominus muscarum
Lord of the Flies



Beelzebub is derived from the ancient Semitic Ba‘al Z bûb, in Hebrew Ba‘al Z bûb means "Lord of the Flies" (ba‘al being Hebrew for "lord, master, owner" and z bûb being a Hebrew collective noun for "fly"). In Arabic the name is retained as Ba‘al HaZvuv or Ba‘al Azabab again literally "Lord of the Flies". The Septuagint renders the name as “Baalzebub” and as “Baal muian” or Baal of flies. In Greek it is “Beelzeboub” in Latin it is “Beelzebu-b”, Jerome read and translated the name into Latin, as "Dominus muscarum", all these names translate into English as "Lord of the Flies".

There is only one life form in Nature known to have a power over flies great enough to be called "lord, master, owner" of Flies, and that is the Fly Agaric mushroom or “Fly fungus”whose scientific name is Amanita muscaria, the species or second name “muscaria” derives through Latin from the Greek “muagros” (fly hunter). It is not uncommon to find growing A. muscaria mushrooms each surrounded by a ring of stunned flies on the ground who fell or blew off of the cap, sometimes these stunned flies are heavily coated white with dropped A. muscaria spores. Fresh Fly Agaric attracts and stuns flies very effectively since it creates chemicals similar to the sex pheromones produced by flies to lure them in and other chemicals to intoxicate them. This is a unique fungus behavior that helps spread the fungus spores through these attracted and temporarily stunned flies. Dried Fly agaric placed in milk will collect flies by the hundreds, who get very intoxicated by drinking a tiny amount. Although Fly agaric is considered a fly poison the mushroom so rarely kills the flies that natural mortality can not be ruled out as the cause of death of the few that die, while the vast majority recover in 12 hours or less. However, in nature Amanita muscaria can stupify flies to the point of total defenselessness against their natural enemies.

I believe that in the case of the Demon Baal-zebub we are looking at an actual life form “Amanita muscaria” that had been demonized extensively by “religious authorities” in ancient times.

The name Baal-zebub is first attested four times in the Old Testament book 2 Kings 1: 2-3,6,16

2 Kings 1:2-16 (New American Standard Bible)

“2And Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber which was in Samaria, and became ill. So he sent messengers and said to them, "Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I will recover from this sickness."

“3But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, "Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?'

“6They said to him, "A man came up to meet us and said to us, 'Go, return to the king who sent you and say to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.”

“16Then he said to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron--is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word?--therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.”

The ancient Philistine city of Ekron is about 25 miles from Jerusalem, at the time of 2 Kings it was occupied by the enemy Philistine tribes that invaded the East coast of the Mediterranean Basin. Philistine origins are traced to their arrival as sea born conquerors over a group of people already living on the coast of Canaan and Gaza. These proto-Philistines were culturally related by weapons, metal technologies, ceramics etc.. to the Mycenaean or proto-Greek world and came from a point of origin in the Aegean thought by most scholars to have been Crete, though in reality Crete may have been their last point of departure not a true homeland. They conquered the local Canaanite western-Semitic speaking population of the coast, and together the conquered people and the invaders created a blended, west-Semitic speaking culture that we now refer to as Philistine, we have no idea what name the Philistines called themselves.

Nothing is known for certain about the original language of the invading tribes that later became the Philistines. There is some limited evidence in favor of the assumption that these proto-Philistines originally spoke an Indo-European language. A number of Philistine-related words found in the Bible are not Semitic, and can in some cases, with reservations, be traced back to Proto-Indo-European roots.

In Ekron, we have Indo-European roots to a Philistine city that has a God that is consulted as an oracle for prophecy and called by the strange name “Lord of the Flies” by the Hebrew enemies of the Philistines. In addition there are other gods of the Mediterranean basin that show some commonality with the Philistine “Lord of the Flies” with Hellenic world divinities, such as Zeus Apomyios (Zeus, the averter of flies) and Myiagros or Myagron, in Greek mythology was a god who chased away flies and mice before the sacrifices to Zeus and Athena. No one knows what name the Philistines themselves called their ‘Lord of the Flies” god.

Now the title Beelzebub “Lord of the Flies”was originally just a descriptive name for the Fly Agaric mushroom by describing its profound effect over flies. Over time this “Lord of the Flies” god of their Philistine enemies was transformed by the Hebrews into a demon and by late Christian times even promoted to top demon rivaling Satan himself.

All of this would be interesting, but mean nothing if the “Lord of the Flies” had not made a second dramatic and profound appearance in the New Testament. Amazingly Beelzebub is mentioned seven times in the New Testament, six of these in conjunction with the healing’s performed by “Jesus”. In addition “Jesus” himself is accused of being possessed by “Beelzebub” or of him possessing Beelzebub by the Pharisees “He hath Beelzebub” Mark 3:22. Even more remarkable is “Jesus’s” response to these accusations by the Pharisees of using the “Lord of the Flies” for healing, for he never once denies using it, but vigorously denies that the “Lord of the Flies” could ever be evil, because of the good it does, as proven by the miracle healing’s they witnessed!!!

Matthew 10:24-26 (King James Version)

“24The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the
master of the house* Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

26Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”

*In the Rig Veda “the Master of the House” is one name of one hundred and eight names for Soma. In verse 25 above the conjunction of an ancient Soma title and a reference to the “Lord of the Flies” or Amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric is a very good clue as to the true ethno-botanical identity of Beelzebub.


Matthew 12:22-28 (King James Version)

“22Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

23And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”

Mark 3:21-26 (King James Version)

“21And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

22And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

23And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.”

Verse 22 above “He hath Beelzebub” ?

Luke 11:14-20 (King James Version)

“14And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

15But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

16And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

17But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

18If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

19And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

20But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.”

The above passages are the closest the New Testament comes to actually describing by NAME the life form used by “Jesus” to perform miraculous healing’s. Years ago I first read these passages normally and thought, how weird? Seeking clarification I finished the translators job by translating the name Beelzebub into the English meaning “Lord of the Flies” and saw not a Demon, but the Amanita muscaria mushroom being discussed. as in these examples below.

Mark 3:22 (King James Version)
With Beelzebub translated into the original meaning “ the Lord of the Flies”

“22And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath “ the Lord of the Flies”, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.”

Again:

Luke 11:15-19 (King James Version)

15But some of them said, He casteth out devils through “the Lord of Flies” the chief of the devils.

16And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

17But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

18If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through “the Lord of the Flies”.

19And if I by “the Lord of the Flies” cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

In fact, you can substitute Fly Agaric for Beelzebub in the passages above and it still makes total sense, especially in light of the past and current demonizing of the healing Fly Agaric, as shown in the example below.

Luke 11:14-20 (King James Version)
with “the Fly Agaric” substituted for Beelzebub “Lord of the Flies”

“14And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

15But some of them said, He casteth out devils through “the Fly Agaric” the chief of the devils.

16And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

17But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

18If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through “the Fly Agaric”.

19And if I by “the Fly Agaric” cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

20But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.”

The “finger of God” is an apt name for the Fly Agaric mushroom given its long history of religious and medicinal use and seems to be “Jesus’s” way of telling the self righteous religious authorities of the day that they are 100% wrong in their opinion about the “Lord of the Flies”. Below the “finger of God” has been substituted by ‘the Fly Agaric” and again it makes perfect sense.

20But if I with “the Fly Agaric” cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Typical Christian interpretation of these passages has the God/man “Jesus” somehow healing these people through his divinity and then being slandered by the scribes and Pharisees who said he was a Demon or used a Demon to accomplish these miracle healing’s. In fact the Catholic Encyclopedia has this to say on this subject of “Jesus” and the Lord of the Flies “Beelzebub”:

“It seems much more reasonable, however, to regard this faculty of Beelzebub not as a tradition, but simply as a change invented by Our Lord's enemies to throw discredit on his exorcisms. His other miracles were probably accounted for by ascribing them to Beelzebub and so these likewise.”

Though non-biblical we have stated here the Christian idea that all the “miracle cures” performed by “Jesus” were attributed to the Lord of the Flies by the scribes and Pharisees.


Instead of a God/man being called a Demon, I see the story of an ordinary man who used “the Lord of the flies” to accomplish these healing’s, even though this mushroom was proscribed and demonized by the authorities of that day. The dialogue between “Jesus” and the “religious authorities” who shunned the “Lord of the Flies” for Medicinal and Spiritual use is very instructive. With the ultimate moral of the story being, that a life form which heals, can not be evil, no matter what the “authorities” of your day say or believe.

The true Ambrosia/Nectar/Soma/Bread of Heaven/Water of Life has had a thousand names, “Ba‘al Z bûb” the Lord of the Flies, is just one more, very descriptive name. A name that when throughly investigated in the context of the New Testament texts leads directly to the true hidden healing Christian Eucharist.

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