In the opening moments of the movie, Father Lancaster Merrin discovers this ancient miniature bust at an archaeological dig site in Northern Iraq; soon thereafter, odd things start happening to the good Father.
Although not specifically named in the original movie, this image depicts the Assyrian demon god Pazuzu, bringer of storms, locusts, drought, and famine (nice guy), but also protector of pregnant women (go figure). While Pazuzu’s face is like that of a lion or dog, and his torso that of a man, he also boasts eagle-taloned feet, two sets of wings, a scorpion’s tail, and of course, the serpentine penis.
Angels and demons can’t cross over into our plane. So instead we get what I call half-breeds. The influence peddlers. They can only whisper in our ears. A single word can give you courage, or turn your favorite pleasure into your worst nightmare. Those with the demon’s touch and those part angel, living alongside us. They call it the balance. I call it hypocritical bullshit.