"Traditionally, Satan is called the lord of the earth, just as Surt is the ruler of Muspelheim, which is known as the world of dry earth. But this is only the first of many links between the two. Both share a symbolic affiliation with the colour red, but more important is a simultaneous connection with the colour black. Black is often associated, even at the level of mere cliche, with Satan, while Surt carries the epithet of The Black. Similarly, the name of the Egyptian god Set (who is the Egyptian form of the Satan archetype, and some even say the prototype of Satan), means the black, or burnt, one. Like Surt, Set was also associated with volcanoes, having amongst his many titles one of God of Volcanoes. This provides a meaning to Surt/Set’s epithet of black, because, when the bright red magma and lava of a volcano cools and hardens, it turns a striking jet black. It is interesting to note in connection to the identifications of the fires of Muspelheim as a creative, life-giving force that, according to Marija Gimbutas, the colour black symbolised life in Old Europe. Black was the colour of the fertile soul, whereas white was the colour of death; a link which is confirmed by Hela consistently appearing in visions garbed in white. The black of Surt and dried lava can be seen as a symbol of life, just as the red-fire of Surt can be read as a representation of the fertile blood of the goddess. Surt, and indeed Satan when seen in his true context, can be understood, then, as a manifestation of the creative life-force of the goddess."
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