Dead Sins In Peter Binsfeld's 'Doctor Faustus'

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In 1589, Peter Binsfeld paired each of the deadly sins with a demon, who tempted people by means of the associated sin. According to Binsfeld 's classification of demons, the pairings are as follows: • Lucifer: pride (superbia) • Mammon: greed (avaritia) • Asmodeus: lust (luxuria) • Leviathan: envy (invidia) • Beelzebub: gluttony (gula or gullia) • Amon or Satan: wrath (ira) • Belphegor: sloth (acedia) This contrasts slightly with an earlier series of pairings found in the fifteenth century English Lollard tract Lanterne of Light, which differs in pairing Beelzebub with Envy, Abadon with Sloth, Belphegor with Gluttony and matching Lucifer with Pride, Satan with Wrath, Asmodeus with Lust and Mammon with Avarice. In Doctor Faustus, there is a "parade" of the seven deadly sins that is conducted by Mephistopheles, Satan, and Beelzebub suggesting that the demons do not match with each deadly sin, but the demons are in command of the seven deadly sins. In summary, Have you ever wondered where you might fit in the grand scheme of things? Allow this writer to recite a little parable/ poem written by this writer, You can chuckle if you like, but always take heed; Without Sin You know living life without sin, Is kind of like pissing against the wind. There really is no way for a mere mortal to win, Than to go through life totally without sin. Now some of you might grin, And some even pretend, But the fact of the matter is, We all know what waits for us at the end. So
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