Day 6: Depiction of Religious Entities in DEVIL’S DESSERT
31 Days of Halloween continues, and here’s a post about my 5th novel, DEVIL’S DESSERT. Different religions have different depictions of God, the Devil and the countless angels and demons. Trying to take them all into account can be a tedious task, but it was well worth it in the end. So just how does a book about demons respect each faith?
In truth, it probably doesn’t. It’s too controversial of a topic to delve deep into it, but I can say I tried to make them all the “real” faith. Though I was raised Catholic, I’ve learned to respect everyone’s beliefs or disbelief. Luckily for me, there is a lot of common ground with which to work here.
This book’s version of “God” and the “Devil” are unique. Instead of calling them those nouns, I described them as the yin and yang of sorts. It is about the eternal war between light and darkness (good and evil). After reading DEVIL’S DESSERT you could come to the conclusion that these entities are not the true God and devil or that they are. It is up to the reader to decide at this point.
Lux Lucis was the name I gave to the embodiment of Light (God). The name is derived from Latin meaning “The One Light”. Tehum, on the other hand, means Darkness, and is the name I gave the dark entity (the Devil). Their goals differ from one another, so they aren’t necessarily good or evil because they must co-exist in order for the universe to continue forward. It would be oblivion without the other, yet only the Light seems to know this.
From Light was created darkness, and from them the angels and demons. For the main angels I took common archangel type characters (Michael, Raphael, Metatron, etc) and had them each as representatives for a heavenly virtue. The same goes for the demons representing vices, only with the demons, common names for the devil were used. In other words, I chose to use the name Satan as the demon of wrath, while Lucifer is an entirely different darkness, both of which are separate from the actual “devil”.
There are other minor angels and demons on each side, but those are not the focus of the story. The war between heaven and hell finally has a grand battle on earth with humanity stuck in between, searching for a way to remain a separate side. While some have chosen a side, our main characters have preservation of the human race in mind. In other words, they are saying “Take your war somewhere else.”
When it came to my depiction of Hell, I relied heavily on Dante’s Inferno for ideas. I always loved the painting and felt that it was as true a representation as could be. I took those ideas and tied them in with the descriptions of hell from the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, and others texts. Then I created the place with my own additional thoughts. We see a moment where Cain is seeking revenge and wants to kill “God”. In order to do so, he must trek through each of the levels of Hell and then Heaven (which quite literally are both embodiments of the individuals fears or bliss).
Purgatory and Limbo are also domains bridging the gaps between those realms and Earth, and they are touched upon as well. Although some extreme believers or non believers would take issue with the way I portrayed certain things, I stand firmly by the proof that you can’t make everyone happy. There were weeks of research into the many religions out there and I really tried to understand the individual perspectives. My respect for them all is my way of delivering my own type of message and that is that we should all be able to coexist peacefully.
This by far was my most difficult book to write because I wanted it to be something special and inclusive for everyone. The novel DEVIL’S DESSERT is available for kindle and in print, via links on the right side of the page. Coming soon will be the graphic comic spinoff DEMONIC ENTITIES.
Halloween Spotlight: Demons
After battling zombies, vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, my next venture for Gordon Lightcap and his allies became Demons. Now, when I say demons, I am referring to fallen angels. Therefore, I classify demons and angels into the same category. “Devil’s Dessert” is my fifth novel in the series, and its soon to be graphic spinoff “Demonic Entities”, bring a fresh take on religion and demons.
Here are the types of “demon” related things in my stories…
1) Religion and Faith: While most stories about demons and gods focus on a particular religion, my interpretation incorporates them all. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and even Atheism are all parts of what make us human beings. Teachings from all of these exist side by side in my novels to some extent, and while Christianity is the main driving force, it does not negate or look down upon any of the others, and is only part of the puzzle.
2) God and The Devil: These supreme beings are represented as being the Yin and Yang. Lux Lucis is the name that describes the One Light. He is the beginning of all. Tehum, is the name he gave to his opposite. He created Tehum, which by name means “Darkness without Form”. They are not shown just as good and evil, but more Light and Dark.
3) Demons Generals: Tehum created seven generals, each with a vice as their strength. Each of them appears demonic in their own way. Satan is the demon of wrath. Mammon is represented by Greed. Belphagor’s power is sloth. The ever prideful Lucifer is only seconded by the lustful Asmodeus. The envious one is Leviathan, and Beezelbub is empowered by gluttony.
4) Archangels: Lux Lucis designed seven angelic generals to balance out the darkness with his light. Michael is patient, Raphael is charitable, and Metatron is diligent. Humility is represented by Azrael. Gabriel is chaste. Uriel is kind. Finally, Zadkiel, is powered by temperance. These flawless looking beings protect the Light with their gifts.
5) Nephilim: A Nephilim is a half breed. It is an androgynous (not female or male) being designed by the angels of light and the demons of darkness to scout on Earth. While the single forces of light and dark were once not permitted to interfere with humanity, the Nephilim, who goes by the name Daeva, has walked among the human race for eons.
6) Heaven: The domain of Lux Lucis and the Light’s forces. Whomever is admitted to this realm will experience paradise specific to them. The souls admitted to this realm become angels over time, and though they are not as powerful as the Archangels, they protect their paradise with every bit of their will power.
7) Hell: Tehum’s realm of darkness is a place souls do not want to be. After surviving the multiple levels of pain, anguish, and torment, all humanity becomes a void of darkness in one’s soul. They then become part of the demon army, and while not as powerful as the generals of Tehum’s army, they strive to give others the same experience as heir own… Living Hell.
8) Purgatory and Limbo: Purgatory is the bridge between Heaven and Hell, while Limbo is the space surrounding them both, which bridges the gap to the physical world.
9) Secrecy: The Knights Templar, Illuminati, and Free Masons are only some of the secretive organizations meant to protect or expose the truth behind the origins of man and more. Throughout the millennia, they have fought to do so, and yet all originate from one organization that remains a mystery even to this day.
10) Ancient Artifacts: Certain things left behind by Light or Dark influence still exist today, and they are humanity’s only hope of restoring order and maintaining balance. The Crown of Thorns, Sword of Eden, and Spear of Destiny are a few of these things that may just hold the key to our survival or doom.
11) Events and Places: The Vatican archives in Porta Di S Anna Italy, Notre Dame in Paris, and the biblical war between heaven and Hell are represented well, and there is much more than common man knows to they mysteries behind them.
12) Appearances and Manifestations: Lesser demons and angels alike have various looks about them. If they are able to initiate symbiosis with a human, that human will over time, tend to pick up some of these traits. Horns, wings, tails, shadowy presence, and halo like ambience are only some of these characteristics.
The research involved in the writing of this entry in the saga required two bottles of wine for brainstorming. Dan and I again sought out bottles that remain true to the current theme. These are pictured above with the novel, and soon the graphic novel cover will be presented as well.
Categorizing our favorites in this one was a little tricky, so we narrowed it down to anything doing with demons, angels or heaven and hell. Here are some of our fave picks.
Rick’s choice for best movie related to heaven and hell, is “This Is The End.” His favorite demon character is Ghost Rider. Although not entirely angel and demon in presence, Dan Brown’s book series featuring Robert Langdon is his favorite. For Video Games, Rick enjoys the “Doom” series.
Dan’s choice for best movie related to heaven and hell is “What Dreams may Come.” His favorite demon character is Spawn. “The Divine Comedy” (with Dante’s Inferno) is Dan’s favorite depiction of Heaven and Hell in a book. And his favorite demon related video game is the Devil May Cry series.
What are your favorites? Are you an angel or demon fan? Grab yourself a copy of “Devil’s Dessert” the novel. It is available at www.lulu.com in softback book and on www.amazon.com for the Kindle. Also, the spinoff comic book “Devil’s Dessert: Demonic Entities” will soon be available for purchase at www.indyplanet.com. Help support our Demon devouring.
“Devil’s Dessert” and its spinoff are (C) 2012 by Rick Pipito. Stay tuned for our technological spotlight…
Poll: True face of Darkness
It is often unclear in comic books as to whether a dark entity is the true face of the devil or not. Now you can decide who would be the most appropriate ruler of Hell. Here are your contestants: Lucifer Morningstar rules in DC Comics, Mephisto deceives in Marvel Comics, Tehum is pure darkness in sCrypt comics universe, and Malebolgia threatens in Image comics.
Remember to cast your vote below, and if you feel that there is a better representative from another comic source, then by all means answer “other” and explain your choice.
Lucifer Morningstar is a fallen angel who left hell at one point to have influence on earth’s mortals. He often gives a person enough information to allow them to make a bad choice that will eventually send them to hell. He is immortal, knows everything, has acidic blood, super strength, flight abilities, can communicate with animals and super speed. His first appearance was in a dream in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #65 in 1962.
Mephisto is known by many names. He is the ultimate deal maker, offering virtually limitless possibilities to one who would be tempted. He deals always come with a price however. Tangling with the most powerful entities in the universe, Mephisto lurks from the depths of hell only coming to earth when he sees fit. He knows magic, is immortal, & has unfathomable intelligence and physical abilities. His first appearance was in Silver Surfer #3 in 1968.
Tehum was created as light’s brother. He is pure, formless darkness (hence why there is no picture). As the ruler of dark, his demons strayed from the light with the belief that humans were mere toys for their godly amusement. Forbidden to physically come to earth, he lurked from the shadows having influence over all. That is until the day came when he was able to bring his legions to one final battle with the forces of light on earth. He is virtually immortal, and without form, his darkness can influence anything or anyone. His first appearance will be in “Devil’s Dessert” the novel in 2013.
Malebolgia is one of the many rulers of hell. Responsible for creating much of Hell’s army of hellspawns, Malebolgia is respected and feared as the most powerful of rulers. He can raise the dead, manipulate matter, has near limitless abilities in the 8th level of hell, can cast illusions and is a master of manipulation with high recuperative powers. Malebolgia first appeared in Spawn #1 in 1992.
So there are my choices for contestants. Please vote below and add your own choice if you feel they’d be placed well in this comic book face off.