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The Inventor of Makeup and His Demise

The Inventor of Makeup and His Demise
From Colin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal (Paris,1825)
From Colin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal (Paris,1825)

As part of my current research, I am reading through stacks of ancient literature, so I thought as I go I would share what I find interesting, strange, humorous, etc.

According to the ancient Jewish book of 1 Enoch, one among the leaders of the fallen angels (cf. Gen 6:1-6), Azaz’el, taught the people various crafts, including weaponry and cosmetics:

And Azaz’el taught the people (the art of) making swords and knives, and shields, and breastplates; and he showed to their chosen ones bracelets, decorations, (shadowing of the eye) with antimony, ornamentation, the beautifying of the eyelids, all kinds of precious stones, and all coloring tinctures and alchemy. (1 Enoch 8.1)

Cosmetics were apparently associated with various vices (much more could be said on this), as Azaz’el is clearly condemned for his acts. 1 Enoch 10.4-6 relates his punishment:

“Bind Azaz’el hand and foot (and) throw him into the darkness!” And he made a hole in the desert which was in Duda’el and cast him there; he threw on top of him rugged and sharp rocks. And he covered his face in order that he may not see light.


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