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Azazel Meaning and Origin

Azazel is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “scapegoat.” According to Jewish legends, Azazel is a demon or evil spirit, and to add further darkness to this name Azazel is also referred to as a fallen angel. In some Jewish mystical and rabbinic texts, Azazel is regarded as a fallen angel or a demon. He is seen as one of the leaders of the rebellious Watchers or Grigori, who descended to Earth and engaged in forbidden relations with human women, as described in the apocryphal Book of Enoch. In the Hebrew Bible, specifically in the Book of Leviticus (16:8-10, 16:20-22), Azazel is mentioned as part of the ancient Israelite Day of Atonement ritual. Azazel is described as a scapegoat to which the sins of the community were symbolically transferred before being sent into the wilderness. 

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