Baphomet first appears in transcripts for the Inquisition of the Knights Templar. In 1307, by order of King Philip IV of France, the Knights Templar were arrested and tortured, and subsequently confessed to a variety of sins including sodomy, spitting on the cross, and worshipping idols that looked like everything from cats, to severed heads, to goat devils, to human skulls…you get the picture. For whatever reason, the idea that they worshipped a Goat Devil, or Baphomet, went down in history (which makes it true, right?). It’s interesting to note that these same confessions were tortured out of other groups of people that King Philip considered his enemies.
Since 1856, Baphomet has been associated with an illustration by Eliphas Levi, called “Sabbatic Goat.” Levi’s Baphomet embodies his notions of equilibrium held within the sum total of the universe. In other words, it symbolizes the equilibrium of opposites, such as male and female, good and evil, on and off, dark and light.
This particular version of Baphomet was drawn by Eliphas Levi in 1856. I recreated it using single strands of embroidery floss (including the satin and turkey work) on cream cotton. It is in an 8x10 inch, hand-painted, repurposed wooden frame.
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