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Satan frozen in the mids o Cocytus, the nint circle o Hell in Dante's Inferno.
The Temptation o Christ, bi Ary Scheffer, 1854.

The Deil (whiles ca'd deevil, Auld Nick, the Ill ane, Nickie-Ben or Cluitie in Scots) is the teetle gien tae the supernaitural bein, that, in mainstream Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism an some ither releegions, is believed tae be a pouerfu, ill entity an the tempter o fowk. The Deil is for common associate wi heretics, infidels, an ither unbelievers. He is said tae bide in Hell.

The name "Deil" cams frae the Greek wird diabolos (διάβολος), that means "slanderer" or "accuser".[1]

In popular culture[eedit | eedit soorce]

The deil comes intae mony a story an piece o literature sich as Wandering Willie's Tale by Sir Walter Scott an Tan O'Shanter by Robert Burns. There are also proverbs sich as "if ye sup wi the deil use a lang spoon".

In Islam[eedit | eedit soorce]

In Muslim tradeetion, the deil is ca'd Šayṭān an his ain name is Iblis. When God (Allah in the Koran) creatit the first man, ca'd "Adam" bat Iblis wha wis a friend o God refusit tae dae this,[2][3] pretendin that he wha wis o fire creatit woudna mak prosternation affore a man sot o glaur.[4] Sae, thar wis a maledict on him Iblis, an he askit for a delay (let him live till the end o warld) tae mak sin in men. Allah accordit this delay, this wey fowks woud be mair in the battle o guid versus ill.

The Deil is full o pride for himsel. He haes bairns (the genies) wha are awso daemons at his disposal.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "devil", Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 29 June 2007 < Archived 2007-12-17 at the Wayback Machine>.
  2. Louis Gardet, L'Islam - Religion et communauté Editions Desclée De Brouwer, 1970, page 89 tae 93 (French)
  3. Suras II-34,XX-116, XVII-61, etc.
  4. Sura VII-12,13