(Christian/Hebrew/Kabbalistic) In demonology texts, Belphegor (or Beelphegor, Hebrew) is a not only a demon but one of the seven princes of Hell. Belphegor helps people make discoveries. He seduces people with riches by suggesting great inventions/ideas. Some 16th-century demonologists think that his power is at its strongest in April. Others like Bishop and witch-hunter Peter Binsfeld believed strongly that Belphegor tempts using laziness. Peter Binsfeld wrote in his Binsfeld"s Classification of Demons that Belphegor is the chief demon of one of the deadly sins, Sloth in the Christian tradition.
Origins of Belphegor stem from Assyrian Baal-Peor, the Moabitish god. The Israelites were attached in Shittim (Numbers 25:3), in which he was closely associated with lacking sexual restraints and orgies. This demon was worshiped in the form of a phallus. Kabbalistic writings have this demon being the "disputer," an enemy of the sixth Sephiroth "beauty."
When Belphegor is summoned, he can grant riches, the power if discovery and ingenious invention. His role is to create great conflicts between men and seduce them to do evil with the grandeur of great wealth.
De Pancy"s Dictionaire Infernal tells Belphegor as the ambassador to France. Belphegor can also be found in Milton"s Paradise Lost and Victor Hugo"s The Toilers of the Sea.
A fallen angel whose name means "lord of opening."
Belphegor appears as a hideous and bearded demon with horns and claws, or as a beautiful young woman.