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"All mirrors lead to my palace, my exotic pleasure temple, wherein my court is both gracious and insatiable, pure and obscene. For where pumps the true heart of life there too seeps corruption. And from this, my new Eden of Nightshades, black hen-bane, sphinxes, opium and roses weaned on tears and blood will rise up like lust. And the shadow of my dark consort shalt extend himself across the face of the world and hell will come with him."

Belsaba, also called Báʿalab, is an exarch of Shaydis and a figure of early fainish mythology. She is the progenitor of a race of tempress women who later became the devils known as succubi. A devilish temptress, she seeks to bring about the end of the world through a hellish champion that she will nurture through seduction.

Some versions speak of her as the first woman, or perhaps the first queen of all humans. Some texts even link her to the mythical origins of Aventus. She is associated with Gwen Glown, the Daystar.

As a demi-goddess, Belsaba was connected with fertility, sexuality, and war. Her symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle. Pictorial representations often show her naked.


Belsaba appears as a daughter of Anu (Uranus) and Kuvav (Earth), and sister of the god ʾĒl. After ʾĒl overthrows and banishes his father Anu, as some kind of trick Anu sends ʾĒl his "virgin daughter" Belsaba along with her sisters Basherah and Ba'gebal. It seems that this trick does not work, as all three become wives of their brother ʾĒl. Belsaba bears ʾĒl children who appear as seven daughters, later known as the Titan Queens and two sons named Longing and Desire. Later with ʾĒl's consent, Belsaba and the rain-king Adodos reign over the land together. Belsaba puts the head of a bull on her own head to symbolize Her sovereignty. Wandering through the world, Belsaba takes up a star that has fallen from the sky (a meteorite) and consecrates it at the Holy City of Lel.


At some point, Belsaba ceased to be the wise sovereign and became the wicked temptress associated with snakes and the night sky. She ruled from her great city, Baalim. It is widely believed that the sinking of Aventus was due to her influence.

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