This is a 'snip' from the page on Mendes,in Wiki.Egyptian religion is complex and it's not my home ground,[no surprise there] how accurate is it Shaun?. I always find the 'goat' as representation of Satanism, to be irritating.Another Christian misnomer and depiction,anything Pan like or wild gets tarred as 'Old Nick',anything with horns or that is hermaphroditic,is bad.Grrrr.Herodotus being Greek describes the God as Zeus here,again this is not my area,but The Greeks did influence and learn from Egypt.This is not about evil or Satanism.Satanism is not about reverse Christianity either. [except for the disgruntled teen 'I'm so rebellious' phase,which sees them reverse Christian ethics for shock value:this exists,but is not taken seriously other than by shady groups such as JOS,but that is another discussion altogether.lol]
The chief deities of Mendes were the ram deity Banebdjedet (lit. Ba of the Lord of Djedet), who was the Ba of Osiris, and his consort, the fish goddess Hatmehit. With their child Har-pa-khered ("Horus the Child"), they formed the triad of Mendes.
The ram deity of Mendes was described by Herodotus in his History (Book II, 42)[Robin Waterfield translation] as being represented with the head and fleece of a goat: â€œ...whereas anyone with a sanctuary of Mendes or who comes from the province of Mendes, will have nothing to do with (sacrificing) goats, but uses sheep as his sacrificial animals... They say that Heraclesâ€™ overriding desire was to see Zeus, but Zeus was refusing to let him do so. Eventually, as a result of Heraclesâ€™ pleading, Zeus came up with a plan. He skinned a ram and cut off his head, then he held the head in front of himself, wore the fleece, and showed himself to Heracles like that. That is why the Egyptian statues of Zeus have a ramâ€™s head, is why rams are sacred to the Thebans, and they do not use them as sacrificial animals. However there is just one day of the year--the day of the festival of Zeus--when they chop up a single ram, skin it, dress the statue of Zeus in the way mentioned, and then bring the statue of Heracles up close to the statue of Zeus. Then everyone around the sanctuary mourns the death of the ram and finally they bury it in a sacred tomb.â€
Presumably following Herodotus' description, the occultist Eliphas Levi in his Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (1855) called his goat-headed conception of Baphomet the "Baphomet of Mendes", thus popularizing and perpetuating this incorrect attribution, which has given rise to a flood of spurious connections, such as "The Goat of Mendes" by the blackened death metal band Akercocke.