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Prague reproduction of Golem



A Golem is a magical creation that is mentioned in Jewish folklore - said to be created by those who know the secrets of mysticism, these beings are not flesh and blood but rather clay or stone and once brought to life are said to be almost mindless servants. However Golems could become dangerous and unpredictable, often to the point they had to be destroyed in order to stop them from rampaging - this is seen as an example of hubris: in which the creation of a Golem is seen as an affront against nature and the subsequent problems are seen as punishment for such arrogance. Due to their lack of intelligence, their masters have to give them very detailed and specific instructions about what to do. Otherwise, these clumsy giants could make dangerous mistakes.

Golem as Villains

Golem of Chelm

This Golem is the oldest known Golem that was created by Rabbi named Eliyahu (the Prophet Elijah). While the incredible works that it undertook at Eliyahu’s bidding, However, the Golem would never stop growing, he became afraid of it and removed a magical scroll in its forehead, thus reducing it to rubble.

Golem of Prague

The most famous Golem in folklore is the Golem of Prague and ever since the legend became widely spread Golems have become popular figures in fiction, sometimes as antagonists but more often as servants to a higher evil (or misguided "hero").

In Fiction

  • An episode of The X-Files had a Golem summoned by a Jewish community to protect them, the Golem began murdering neo-Nazis but like the Golem of Prague it grew out of control.
  • The lesser enemies called Savage Golems in the videogame Devil May Cry 2 are artificial demons forged alchemically from the intestines and bones animals.