A compendium of the various angels appearing in Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson.


Gurdjieff populated Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson with a range of angelic characters, some of whom play important roles, others of whom rate not much more than a mention. Angels traditionally have a hierarchy, which Gurdjieff has preserved in his book. His hierarchy apparently follows the Christian tradition, rather than the Zoroastrian, Islamic or Jewish, any one of which might have provided a plausible model for his angelic cosmos.


The angel's names link to excerpts of the original text.




Archangel Gabriel. Gurdjieff's grandmother gives her soul up to him.


Archangel Adossia. In charge of manufacturing one of the early forms of spaceships in Beelzebub.


Archangel Khariton. Inventor of the spaceship in current use during the period of the book.


Archangel Sakaki. Supervised the first delegation sent from the Most Holy Sun Absolute to the solar system Ors to investigate the potential consequences of the catastrophic collision between the comet Koondor and earth.


Archangel Algamatant. Arch engineer who explained the consequences of the collision.


Archangel Looisos. A member of the commission, known as the "universal arch chemist physicist." Looisos was originally responsible for helping to create the organ Kundabuffer in mankind.


Archangel Setrenotsinarco, the All-Quarters Maintainer of that part of the Universe to which the system Ors belongs.


Archangel Vilooar. The governor of Ahoon’s solar system.


Archangel Herkission. Inventor of the platforms used to move about on the Holy Planet Purgatory.


The venerable Archangel (unnamed.) This angel presides over Beelzebub’s receipt of his horns.


 Cherubim and Seraphim


Arch Cherub Peshtvogner. An all-quarters maintainer who decreed that Beelzebub had been pardoned and was to have his horns returned.


Arch-Cherub Helkgematius. The all-quarters maintainer of the Holy Planet Purgatory.


Arch Seraph Ksheltarna. Great Observer of the movements of all the concentrations of the megalocosmos.


Arch-Seraph Sevohtartra. In charge of the third descent of the commission to Ors.



Characters appearing in Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson, by G. I. Gurdjieff.


Page citiations at the links are from the Viking Arkana Edition, 1992.


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