(Image: “The Golem”)
The golem, originating from Judaism, is an earthen giant that follows commands. According to Jewish stories, a golem can be created by chanting the true name of God over a clay giant, by writing the word “emet” or “truth” on the golem’s head, or by putting a piece of parchment with God’s true name written on it into the Golem’s mouth or arm (Oreck). When it is created, a golem is most often used to protect the creator from harm, although in some stories it attacks the enemies of its creators (Oreck).
The golem does not represent a form of evil like many supernatural creatures. However, the fact that a golem is a thoughtless being of great power makes it dangerous. For example, someone with evil intent can take over a golem by performing the same rituals, and this golem afterward is a threat to its creators (Oreck).