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Cloven Foot

It is a very old belief, although buttressed by numerous tales of apparitions, that the Devil always appears with a cloven foot as a distinguishing mark. A suggested reason for such appearances is that the Evil One, having fallen to a level lower than any man is not be permitted to take the perfect human form, but must have some deformity such as the cloven foot.

Others think there is a more likely explanation, the early Christians superimposed on the concept of the Devil the image of the pagan goat-footed god
Pan. A.G.H.

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