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Evil, hell, supernatural, underground

Description of this motif:

Evil personified. Hebrew "satan" means opponent. Greek "diabolos" is the word behind "devil". Originally Satan was a helper of Jahve or one of God's sons, but in the antique Judaism he became an independent opponent of God, and he is regarded that way in The New Testament.

One remarkable and amusing description of the devil is in the beginning of the Andersen tale "The Snow Queen".


The tales are sorted by year. The leading numbers refer to the number of occurrences of the motif in the respective texts.

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