The second century sect of Basildian Gnostics believed that Abraxas was the supreme God. They believed that he sent Jesus Christ to Earth, and that he was in fact, a phantom. Because his name contains the 7 Greek letters that make the number 365, they believed that he was the holder of great secrets and mysteries. They believed that Abraxas ruled 365 gods, and they attributed 365 virtues to him (one per day). Older mythologists considered him an Egyptian god, while demonologists see him as a demon with a king's head and feet formed from serpents. He is often found depicted on ancient amulets holding a whip. It's thought that the magic word 'abracadabra' was taken from his name.