Moloch!

from Allen Ginsberg – Howl on Rap Genius

Meaning

Moloch is an ancient god — associated with sacrifice. Supposedly, after taking peyote, Ginsberg had a vision of the facade of a hotel as the face of the monstrous god.

(The Sir Francis Drake Hotel claims to be the hotel in question)

Moloch is mentioned in the Bible, and a neighborhood outside Jerusalem, Gehenna, was the scene of sacrificing children through fire to him. Gehenna was a garbage dump, and is described by Jesus in the New Testament as an allegory for Hell, as well a Talmudical Hebrew hell.

The word for Islamic Hell, Jahannam, is an Arabic version of the word Gehenna.

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