Gehenna is a term used in Jewish and Christian writings for the place where evil people go in the afterlife. The name is derived from a geographical site in Jerusalem known as the Valley of Hinnom, one of the two principal valleys surrounding the Old City. In Jewish tradition this valley was associated with the idea of Hell.
After his degeneration into a demon, Ba'al ruled the people Gehenna (near modern-day Jerusalem, Israel), circa 13,000 BCE. Gehenna was a place of evil, human sacrifice and cannbialism, where the refuse of humanity was buried and burned. A place of legendary unspeakable evil, the residents of Gehenna committed unholy atrocities in Ba'al's name. Ba'al led his followers through various perverse and hideous rituals, including drinking the blood of human beings.
It is believed that God was so offended by the atrocities committed in Gehenna that he sent forth a proud warrior known as "the Hand of God", armed with unbreakable steel and divine might. The Hand of God slew Ba'al, but his inherent evil was so strong, that it literally spilled forth from his dead body Wolverine Vol 2 12 and entered a glittering multi-faceted stone. Cut by his own followers, Wolverine Vol 2 13 this enchanted rock became known as the Gehenna Stone. Ba'al's followers rebelled against the Hand of God, 3 but the Hand of God persevered, splintering the Gehenna Stone into pieces with his sword and slaughtered the Gehennans. He then scattered the fragments, to the four winds insuring that Ba'al's soul could never reconstitute itself until Doomsday. These fragments remained undiscovered for centuries and as such, Ba'al's evil remained dormant.
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