Samael

‘Do you believe man is created in God’s image?’
‘Yes’, Fat said, ‘but the creator deity, not the true God.’
‘What?’
Fat said, ‘That’s Yaldabaoth. Sometimes called Samael, the blind god. He’s deranged.’
‘What the hell are you talking about?’

— Philip K. Dick, Valis

One problem with Yahweh, as they used to say in the old Christian Gnostic texts, is that he forgot he was a metaphor. He thought he was a fact. And when he said, I am God, a voice was heard to say, You are mistaken, Samael. Samael means blind god: blind to the infinite Light of which he is a local historical manifestation. This is known as the blasphemy of Jehovah – that he thought he was God.

— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, 1988

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