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The Golem of Prague

In Jewish mythology/folklore a golem is an animated construct resembling a man with the word “TRUTH” inscribed on his forehead. The Golem of Prague is a narrative that first appears in writing in the 1800s. It tells the story 16th century Rabbi Loew building a golem from clay bricks to protect the Jewish community in the Prague ghetto. Loew was said to have brought it to life with Hebrew magic.

Narratives disagree as to what happened to the golem. Some say that it turned murderous of its own accord, some say it was because the golem had fallen in love and was rejected. Whatever the reason, the Roman Emperor offered to stop persecuting the community and Loew deactivated the golem by rubbing out some or all of the inscription on its forehead.

Research:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golem#The_classic_narrative:_The_Golem_of_Prague

Notes:

This is a part of my OctoberSeries posts on on creepy mythology and folklore. If you have any requests, please drop them in my Ask box.

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