BSD logo (a moderate opinion)

Chad Perrin perrin at
Mon Aug 2 02:54:46 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 03:55:11PM +0100, Frank Shute wrote:
> A pitchfork has 2 tines a trident (which is what Beastie carries) has
> 3.

Actually, pitchforks typically have four.  Two would be a fauchard or
military fork -- a weapon of war.  Tridents, meanwhile, are better suited
to fishing, while pitchforks are designed to sling hay on a farm.  None
of the above have anything to do with devils, per se, though pitchforks
are occasionally portrayed in devilish images for some reason.  I'd think
there wouldn't be much hay surviving in a lake of fire, though.

> Interestingly, the trident seems to appear in a number of religions.
> Shiva carries one:
> as does Poseidon IIRC.
> So maybe Beastie is a disabled Hindu! (missing 2 arms).

Not all Hindu deities have that many arms, y'know.  Ayyappa, Rama, and
Krishna come to mind.  Maybe he's just among those Hindu deities.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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