I’ve had it with Fallen Angels and their hybrid offspring with human women. They are everywhere in fringe world, and you can’t throw a stone without hitting one. Several alert readers sent me notice that the latest episode of Survivorman S06E05 “Bigfoot: Smoky Mountain Sasquatch” involved a supposed Bigfoot “expert,” Scott Carpenter, speculating that the imaginary backwoods ape is actually a member of the Nephilim, the offspring of the Sons of God from Genesis 6:4. The Sons of God are better known in fringe world as the Watchers from the Book of Enoch.
Carpenter tells us that Bigfoot’s magical powers, such as invisibility and telepathy, are “mimicking angelic powers from the Bible, so there’s a theory out there that they could be Nephilim,” which he cites to Genesis 6. He claims Bigfoot might descend from the Nephilim after traveling to the Americas. In order to explore this theory, the expert made a cross from two sticks and a bit of twine and placed it on a tree in order to attract the attention of the angel offspring, who presumably are assumed to be diabolical but in the Christian tradition. When we see the tree, the two sticks had fallen apart, and Carpenter interpreted this as a message, presumably the anger of Bigfoot-Nephilim at Christian symbols. The Nephilim also enjoy moving rocks around, according to Carpenter. My, how the Nephilim have fallen since the days when they were “mighty men of old, men of renown”!
Meanwhile, the parents of the Nephilim, the Watchers, showed up on last night’s episode of Supernatural as the Winchester brothers finally got around to battling the fallen angels. Their version is a little different from the Watchers of ancient astronaut lore, and in naming them “the Grigori, the Watchers,” it implies that they borrowed the creatures from 2 Enoch (Slavonic Enoch) rather than 1 Enoch, as in 2 Enoch 18:3:
These are the Grigori, who with their prince Satanail (Satan) rejected the Lord of light, and after them are those who are held in great darkness on the second heaven, and three of them went down on to earth from the Lord’s throne, to the place Ermon, and broke through their vows on the shoulder of the hill Ermon and saw the daughters of men how good they are, and took to themselves wives, and befouled the earth with their deeds, who in all times of their age made lawlessness and mixing, and giants are born and marvellous big men and great enmity. (trans. W. R. Morfill)
On Supernatural, however, the Grigori, while agreeing with Enochian lore in being an early and elite detachment of angels, are presented more like the Nephilim in that they are more or less cannibals, feeding off of human souls, as 1 Enoch and Jubilees say of the Nephilim. In those texts, the Nephilim become cannibals (1 Enoch 15:4), and God decrees that after the Flood a certain percentage of their souls shall continue on, tempting and corrupting humanity as evil spirits in thrall to Satan (1 Enoch 15:8-11; Jubilees 10:11).
In Christian myth, Satan is the most important fallen angel of all, and it’s rather disappointing to see that Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, returning for its second season this Sunday, is poised to make the Fallen Angels into this season’s Big Bad. Showtime placed the season premiere on their website for a free preview, and in the second season opener, the apocalypse attributed last season to some ancient Egyptian menace appears to be retroactively reassigned to a more Christian sources. Now the “Master,” implied last year to be Dracula, is identified as Lucifer, to whom a coven of blood-bathing witches (a trope done much better on the concurrently running Salem on WGN) do homage and plan to unleash, again just like on Salem. They also speak the Enochian language of Fallen Angels. It seems that someone on Penny Dreadful noticed that Bram Stoker’s Dracula talks in the language of the New Testament Devil and literalized the allusion. I have to say I’m a bit disappointed to have yet another show based on the Christian apocalypse. How many do we have to have? It’s an overdone trope, and it tempers my enthusiasm for a program that seems to desperately want to be Dark Shadows with better production values.
Enough Fallen Angels! In fact, we should impose a moratorium on apocalypses of all kinds. There are just too many on TV, and it must say something about our culture that its most consistent entertainment theme is the apparent longing to burn civilization to the ground and start from scratch.
Finally today, I hesitate even to mention this because it risks provoking another outburst, but Veronica K. Clark, self-described “iconoclastic enigma” and revisionist historian of Nazi Germany, has asked her readers to contact my internet service provider and domain name registrar in order to demand they take down my website. I had hoped that in ignoring Clark she would eventually grow bored with attacking me, but this was not the case. Over the past week she has posted several YouTube videos and made a number of blog posts expressing her continued outrage that I described her revisionist take of Nazi Germany as Nazi apologetics. Clark accuses me of cyberbullying (complete with a chart), defamation, and for “allowing” people to post comments on my blog that she considers offensive, misogynistic, and defamatory. Like most writers on the fringe, Clark is unable to understand that comments are open to the public and anyone may post without my permission, either in favor of her or against her. I neither “allow” nor encourage them.
Clark is aggressive, angry, and seems to be ignorant of the relevant laws. Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and associated legislation, I am not responsible for the comments made by others. Pursuant to the First Amendment, nothing I have said about Clark constitutes defamation or libel. My website fully conforms to DMCA procedures and all applicable laws, and the Terms and Conditions of my website lay out DMCA-compliant remedies for any comments Clark feels violate her rights or my policies. Clark accuses me of lying about her, but she in turn lies about me, falsely stating that I make “a living off” my website, which is untrue. The site makes no money. But to point any of this out is a waste of time. Because Clark chooses to communicate with me entirely by YouTube video and blog post, it is quite obvious where her interest lies.
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