Hey everyone, welcome to Mythology Explained. In today’s video we’re going to discuss the Watchers, a group of 200 fallen angels who unleashed evil into the world, triggering a chain of events that saw the world savaged by giants and later inundated by a world-consuming flood, saw the creation of the first demons (this coming from a more esoteric and marginally-endorsed origin story of how demons came to be), and saw the Watchers fall prey to ruination when the consequences of their actions finally caught up with them in the form of divine retribution.
We’re going to begin by looking at what the Book of Enoch is, then looking at the Dead Sea Scrolls, a cache of religious texts found in the 1940s that forced people to rethink the importance of the Book of Enoch, now shown to be thousands of years old. After that, we’ll go through the story of The Watchers, cover to cover, beginning with their departure from heaven and ending with their incarceration in the abyss.
Lastly, we'll examine an intriguing, lesser-known origin story of demons. While the mainstream belief holds that demons are fallen angels, this alternative account suggests that demons are the restless souls of the Nephilim, a race of fierce giants who were driven to extinction through deadly conflict orchestrated by the machinations of a cunning archangel.
Alright, Let’s get into it.
The Book of Enoch is an ancient Jewish religious work ascribed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah. Although it is not part of the biblical canon for most Christian denominations and is not considered part of the Hebrew Bible, the text has been influential in Christian eschatology and apocryphal literature. Composed during the Second Temple period (around 300 BC to 70 AD), it consists of five distinct sections, each addressing unique themes and purposes.
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