One of the prevailing theories of Christian “deep” mythological research is the idea of an ur religion that is at the basis of all nonChristian religion. While this may sound rude and predjudicial, the idea is that all of these religions are basically identical in outlook and are fundamentally diabolical.
Whether or not one agrees with this view, it is clear, from my own research, that in the West and to a certain degree the Islamic, Hindu, and East Asian world (as well as diasporic, Talmudic Judaism, there is an Ur religion from which all these religions sprang.
An early manifestation of this religion in the West has been called Orphism.
In Orphism (as well as Gnosticism), the World Soul (called Hecate as well as Psyche by the Chaldeans and theurgists) is called the “serpent” and “Leviathan” and is combined in Greek religion in the image of Hecate surrounded by serpents.
Interestingly, some schools of Talmudic Judaism venerate this serpent.
It is a “no brainer” who this serpent is in the Bible. However, how could Satan be the animating principle of the universe or even earth?
Is this simply a lie or trick? Or do demons play some function in the mechanical workings of the universe similar to the good angels?
Is there a deeper mythological-occult significance to Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan and the modern state?