oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die duiwel in die volksgeloof van die Afrikaanssprekende
Beliefs about the Devil cannot be regarded as superstitions because the Devil is a very real figure in Christian religion. If people ascribe unrealistic and improbable characteristics to the Devil, these are referred to as folk beliefs. Afrikaans folk beliefs about the Devil and his works are illustrated primarily by the many references to this character in everyday language, folksongs. stories and jokes. In earlier years a very broad section of the population still believed firmly in certain features of the Devil which have today faded to mere humorous references. As far as his appearance is concerned. there are certain characteristics which remain embedded in folk beliefs because this is how he is almost consistently represented, namely with goat horns. goat hooves, an arrow-tipped tail and a trident.
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