This monster is based after Barbas (also spelled Marbas). In demonology, Barbas is a demon described in the Ars Goetia, first section of King Solomon's grimoirea. He is described there as the Great President of Hell, and governs thirty-six legions of demons. He answers truly on hidden or secret things, causes and heals diseases, teaches mechanical arts, and changes men into other shapes. He is depicted as a great lion that, under the conjurer's request, changes shape into a man.