Switchin' Flies

Where did selling one's soul to the devil come from? Nobody really knows because it appears in ancient folklore from around the world, sometimes older than the Bible. I found one old folktale from Africa about a man who sold his soul fora white horse.  Almost any successful person has been accused: popes, priests, virtuosos, the rich, and courageous soldiers; and lots of people have been tempted: Muppets, the Enterprise crew, Bart Simpson. People also sell their souls for lots of reasons: money, eternal youth, talent, knowledge, time travel, winning, sex, fame, power, etc. One recent Super Bowl ad even featured the devil offering a Mercedes- Benz in trade for a "signature."  


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