Adam in Magical and Mystical Tradition – Second Part

Geradamas and Pigeradamas

Adam is really a fascinating figure. Especially, some of the less famous things about him, makes him more fascinating, for example, his role as Geradamas and Pigeradamas.

This Geradamas or Pigeradamas is Adam who lived before he was manifested on the Earth.

Geradamas is the Gnostic archetypal human, the perfect human. He is androgynous, but thought of as male. Geradamas means Adam the Stranger, Primordial Adam or Heavenly Adam.

According to the Gnostic Sethians, the son of Geradamas was Seth. The same Seth was later born as the son of Adam and Eve on Earth. Seth is the original saviour figure, sent to save humanity from ignorance.

Geradamas is mentioned in the First Stele of Seth. This hymn is about Set’s praise of Geradamas. When he refers to Geramas, he is referring to Primordial Adam who resides in the realm within Barbelo. He praises Geradamas for creating him and praises God for creating Geradamas.

In Gnostic lore, it was because of a glimpse of Geradamas, that the Demiurge was inspired to make physical man, Adam.

Pigeradamas is the same as Geradamas, but he has a bit different stories about himself.

Namely, in the Coptic Nag Hammadi texts, the archetypical Adam is also known as Pigeradamas. It means Adam the Stranger, Holy Adam or Old Adam.

In the Gnostic lore, God created Pigeradamas and placed him in the Aeon Harmozel. Adam had a son, Seth, who was placed in the Aeon Oroiael.

Maybe the main point with all those stories is that Sophia watched these marvelous beings all around her, so she desired to give birth to an aeon of her own, which was the beginning of the fall of humankind.

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