Balam

Balam - Demon and Spirit of Solomon

The Demon Balam (Balan) is a former member of the angelic order of dominions and now one of the Fallen Angels with 40 Legions of Demons under his command. Balam is the 51st of the 72 Spirits of Solomon. He is a terrible and powerful king with the heads of a bull, a man, and a ram; the tail of a Serpent; and eyes of flaming fire. He rides on an angry bear (in some depictions, he is naked) and carries a goshawk on his fist. He speaks hoarsely and gives true answers concerning the past, present, and future. He also can render men invisible and makes them have wit.

Balam - Demon and Spirit of Solomon

From “The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King” (1904) Written by S.L. MacGregor Mathers

BALAM. -The Fifty-first Spirit is Balam or Balaam. He is a Terrible, Great, and Powerful King. He appeareth with three Heads: the first is like that of a Bull;the second is like that of a Man; the third is like that of a Ram. He hath the Tail of a Serpent, and Flaming Eyes. He rideth upon a furious Bear, and carrieth a Boshawk upon his Fist. He speaketh with a hoarse Voice, giving True Answers of Things Past, Present, and to Come. He maketh men to go Invisible, and also to be Witty.
He governeth 40 Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, etc.

The Seal of Balam
The Seal of Balam


Balam - Demon and Spirit of Solomon

From the “Pseudomonarchia Daemonum” ( 1583 ) Written by Johann Weyer (Johann Wier)

Balam is a great and a terrible king, he commeth foorth with three heads, the first of a bull, the second of a man, the third of a ram, he hath a serpents taile, and flaming eies, riding upon a furious [very powerful] beare, and carrieng a hawke on his fist, he speaketh with a hoarse voice, answering perfectlie of things present, past, and to come, hee maketh a man invisible and wise, hee governeth fourtie legions, and was of the order of dominations.

Original Text: Balam Rex magnus and terribilis: prodit tribus capitibus, primo tauri, altero hominis, tertio arietis: cauda adhæc serpentina, oculis flammeis, equitans in urso fortissimo, and accipitrem in manu portans. Raucam edit vocem: perfectè respondet de præteritis, præsentibus and futuris: reddit hominem and invisibilem and prudentem. Quadraginta legionibus præsidet, and fuit ex ordine dominationum.

Balam - Demon and Spirit of Solomon

From the “Dictionnaire Infernal” (edition of 1863 ) Written by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy

Balan, who commands 40 legions, is presented with a serpent’s tail, eyes that shoot fire, and three heads: a bull, a man, and a ram. He is usually shown carrying a sparrowhawk on his wrist and riding nude and horned upon a bear. His voice is hoarse and harsh. Balan can tell of past/present/future events, teaches cunning, finesse, and the easy way to see without being seen. He was once in the heavenly order.

Original Text : Balan, roi grand et terrible dans les enfers.
Il a quelquefois trois tôles : celle d'un taureau, celle d'un homme, celle d'un bélier. Joignez à cela une queue de serpent et des yeux qui jettent de la flamme. Mais plus ordinairement il se montre à cheval, nu et cornu, sur un ours, et porte un épervier au poing. Sa voix est rauque et violente. Il répond sur le passé, le présent et l'avenir. — Ce démon, qui était autrefois del'ordre des dominations, et qui commande aujourd'hui quarante légions infernales, enseigne les ruses, la finesse et le moyen commode devoir sans être vu.

The Demon Balam as depicted in Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal, 1863 edition.
Balam as depicted in Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal, 1863 edition.

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