Smell of the Devil

Does the Devil really smell like sulphur?

Some people claim that the devil smells like rotten eggs. Where do they get this idea from? The devil is a spirit and I would not expect something in the spiritual realm to smell.

The smell of Hell and the devil for that matter has been likened to that of rotten eggs for long. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez compared George Bush to the Antichrist in a speech at the United Nations. He said;

“The devil came here yesterday, right here, It smells of sulphur still today”.

The notion of the devil smelling like sulphur almost certainly comes from his underworld lair, hell, described in the Book of Revelation as a “lake of burning sulphur.
The Apocryphal Books of Enoch talk about a place of punishment with “rivers of fire” and “a smell of sulphur.”
The statement was also popularised by Gabriel Garci ́a Ma ́rquez’s in the book “One hundred Years of Solitude” when Ursula confuses the smell of hydrogen sulphide from one of  Melquíades’s misadventures as “the smell of the devil.

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