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  • One of the tartaruchi, the chief angel of torment, according to the extracanonical Apocalypse of Paul. In addition to being described as "a merciless angel, all fire," Temeluchus also has the surprising designation as a caretaking angel set over children at birth or during infancy.

    "Yet again I looked upon the river of fire, and I saw there an old man who was being dragged along, immersed up to the knees. And Temeluchus came with a great fork of fire with which he pierced the entrails of that old man."


    January 1, 2009