The Good Spirit
Also known as: AgathoDemon; Agatho Daimon
Agathodaemon is a benevolent spirit of healing, protection, luck, and good fortune who manifests as a snake. Veneration of Agathodaemon traveled from Egypt to Greece and Italy. He is a consistently benevolent spirit. In Egypt, he evolved into a Gnostic guardian angel.
Agathos means good; it is a title, not a personal name.
Agathodaemon is a companionable spirit: among the deities with whom he happily shares altar space are Serapis, Tyche, and Hermes. He may be fond of Sicily’s Saint Agatha who may or may not be an ancient serpent-goddess in disguise. Agathodaemon survives in modern Egypt, too, albeit undercover: each of Cairo’s quarters allegedly possesses its own snake-shaped guardian spirit, its own Agathodaemon.
Manifestations: Consistently serpentine: he may appear as an ordinary snake or a hovering, winged serpent.
See also: Agathos; Hermes; Serapis; Tyche
Agathodaemon (good Demon) In Greek mythology, a good spirit of the cornfields and vineyards. Libations of unmixed wine were made to the spirit at meals. In Greek art Agathodaemon was portrayed as a youth holding a horn of plenty and a bowl in one hand, and in the other a poppy and ears of corn.
From the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante
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