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Mephistopheles ("he who loves not the light"), also Mephisto, Mephistophilus, and Mephist, is a name given to one of the chief demons in Western religious traditions[?]. The name is frequently used as an alternative form of Satan or the Devil. However, as the name Mephistopheles evolved during the Renaissance, Mephistopheles makes no appearance whatsoever in the Bible. Rather, Mephistopheles appears in various literary works which tell the tale of the legendary Faustus, a man who sells his soul to the Devil.

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