Mothman is a legendary character from West Virginia folklore, but some people believe that this creature is actually a demon. In this article, we’ll look at the origin of the Mothman legend, including American Indian legends, and the current notion of demonic roots.
Mothman is a creature that people reportedly started seen around the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia between November 12, 1966 and December 15, 1967. It was first reported in the Point Pleasant Register newspaper on November 16, 1966 in a story titled: “Couple Sees Man-Sized Bird…Creature…Something.” Reports soon were picked up by other newspapers and the story spread across the United States.
In 1970, Gray Barker further publicized the story to a wider audience, but it became widely popularized after John Keel wrote his 1975 book titled “The Mothman Prophecies.” In the book, Keel claimed that the sightings were related to supernatural events.
Additionally, Keel made a reference to the 1928 collapse of the Silver Bridge on U.S. Route 35 over the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio, which resulted in the deaths of 46 people as it occurred during the height of rush-hour traffic.
In 2002, a film titled The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, was based on Keel’s book. The town of Point Pleasant has an annual festival devoted to the Mothman legend.
There is a statue of Mothman at point Pleasant West Virginia. Some people believe that Mothman is none under than a Mesopotamian Demon-King named Pazuzu.
Pazuzu is considered the king of demons and of the wind in the ancient Mesopotamian religion. He is the brother of Humbaba and the son of the God Hanbi. He is considered to be the bearer of storms and drought.
The reason people believe that Mothman may be Pazuzu is that there is a strong resemblance from a bronze statuette of Pazuzu dated to around the 8th century BC. The statuette matches what people have reported in describing the appearance of Mothman.
A modern statue that now stands in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is strikingly similar to the statuette of Pazuzu.
Many point to clear ties between the Adena and the ancient Amorites as proof that knowledge of Mothman has existed for centuries.
The Adena culture is a pre-Columbian Native American culture assumed to be those who built the Indian mounds and earthworks, particularly in the Ohio Valley.
The implication is that the American Indians had legends about a winged creature with a dog face, red eyes and a serpent body that haunted the Ohio Valley. These descriptions are similar to Mothman.
As further evidence, the Native Americans called this winged creature “Piasu,” which is phonetically similar to Pazuzu. Further, “Piasu” it is not a word that is recognized or matches any known American Indian language and Native Americans never lived in the region around Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Why? Because the American Indians believed the area was haunted by Piasu.