Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Baal

Baal, n. An old deity formerly much worshiped under various names. As Baal he was popular with the Phoenicians; as Belus or Bel he had the honor to be served by the priest Berosus, who wrote the famous account of the Deluge; as Babel he had a tower partly erected to his glory on the Plain of Shinar. From Babel comes our English word "babble." Under whatever name worshiped, Baal is the Sun-god. As Beelzebub he is the god of flies, which are begotten of the sun's rays on the stagnant water. In Physicia Baal is still worshiped as Bolus, and as Belly he is adored and served with abundant sacrifice by the priests of Guttledom.

2005 Update: The name by which God was adored by the Baalites and Satan reviled by their neighbors.

20 comments:

AP3 said...

I just want to be the Bel of the Baal.

Tom & Icy said...

"Baal !!" the sound a sheep makes when it backs into the electric fence, or something like that.

Doug said...

Aral, I love it and you are.

Icy, I thought it was more like "zzzzt-poof!"

Sar said...

Comments that are clever like Aral's (wish I'd thought of that) and hillarious like Tom's (still lol) are why I have such a Baal here.

Doug said...

Me too, Sar. And don't leave yourself out.

dddragon said...

Baal: the Goa'uld System Lord who escaped SG-1 and is out there somewhere, waiting to cause trouble.

(do we watch this show too much, or what?)

actonbell said...

I won't baal because I have nothing interesting to add--it's fascinating enough, already:)

Solace Cai said...

Baal is the funny little God that Elijah (in the bible) referred to as sitting on the Toilet not listening to the people who worshiped him!
Basically, the equivalent of the modern-day corporate owner...

Anyway, Hi!

a4g said...

Good heavens, Doug. Baal? And pheh to you too Ambrose, wherever you're hiding down in Mexico. Okay, I'll give it a shot-- but no refunds available on this definition.


Baal, n. from the Hebrew Ba'al, meaning lord or owner. A primitive concept of diety, which retains the connotation of ownership, expressing the diety's lordship over the world or some part of it. Thus Baal of Tyre, of Harran, of Tarsus.

Baal is largely unknown today, having been supplanted by Modern Religion, which teaches that mere ownership is unworthy of worship, having discovered through exegesis the new morality of the credit card, the auto lease, and the interest-only mortgage.

Doug said...

Um, Dddragon, yes?

Actonbell, what's worth Ba'aling over is that I didn't even see a pun day coming.

Hi, Solace! Long time no see. Good excuse to get over and see what's happening on your site.

Good chrome, a4g, well done! Sola Scriptorum

Sreekesh Menon said...

what a baal of a word!

karma said...

in Hindi, 'baal' means hair. i'll drink to more of that with my buddy Bacchus (Baal's cousin, 3 times removed)

LeesahEm. said...

Baal-dyslexic Indian cook's recipe for lentils.

Goa'uld said...

GAH!!! dddragon totally stole MY definition. Anyway...

Baal: One of the coolest Goa’ulds who, although had to flee when cornered in season 8, shall eventually brainwash members of the Jaffa High Council in season 9!

MWAHAHAHA! TAKE THAT EVIL REBEL JAFFA!! (it actually does happen! I looked it up :D!)

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Baal. I’m takin’ mine and goin’ home ‘cause I can’t think of anything close to good.

Jamie Dawn said...

Baal: Little Bar of Soap uses it to swear.
"Oh, my Baal! That is pure filth."
"Baal darn it!"
"Unholy Baal! I stubbed my toe!"

weirsdo said...

What those prophets wanted to do, once Elijah got going.

Doug said...

Sreekesh, I suppose. Tried me, anyway.

My first cousin, Karma.

Masil, I think you get the funny prize for today. And Sreekesh and Karma were right there!

Goa'uld, and how the Jaffa high council (and your mom) have it coming, too! (I feel old. Very old.)

Tan Lucy, the pezes are punny today.

Oh dear Baal, JD!

Like fire from the skies, Weirsdo.

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Doug said...

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