THE SMITH AND THE DEMON – OUR OLDEST FOLK TALE AND OUR FIRST MORAL LESSON: BAITING INTO HAZARD
According to research applying phylogenetic techniques to linguistics by folklorist Sara Graça da Silva and anthropologist Jamie Tehrani,”The Smith and the Devil” may be one of the oldest European folk tales, with the basic plot stable throughout the Indo-European speaking world from India to Scandinavia, possibly being first told in Indo-European 6,000 years ago in the Bronze Age.
Our ancestors were metalworkers – and the most common name – smith – a reminder. Medieval hell evolved from the blacksmith’s forge.
The oldest myth of the west is Faust (the devil and the blacksmith)
The Europeans worship a sky god (nature, sun) and magic, the Semites a moon and star (astrology, heavens)
Why isn’t Faust Europe and the devil Abrahamism’s false promise?
In other words, why isn’t our foundational myth a warning against Abrahamism/Semitism?
Because what does the demon practice?
False promise, baiting into moral hazard, defended with pilpul and critique.