Earth Culture of Origin
Canaanites (Ammonites), Palestinians, Sumerians, Israelites, Carthaginians
Alternate Names / Spellings
Molek, Moloch means "king." Associated with the Sumerian sun god, Ba'al.
Statue with bull's head
Earth Mythological References
Moloc was an entirely malevolent god. In order to renew the strength of the sun's fire, firstborn children were sacrificed in an horrific manner. An enormous bronze statue was built with a human body and the head of a bull. Sacrificial fires burned inside the belly of the statue, and child sacrifices were placed on the statues hands. These would be lifted up to the statue's open mouth through mechanical means, making the statue appear to eat the sacrifices. The children would then fall into the flames, where they would be burned to death. Revelers danced around the statue to the tune of flutes and tambourines, which helped to drown out the screams of the victims. Some sources credit Moloc as a specific form of sacrifice rather than a personified deity.
In addition, Moloc is the Sumerian identification of the Greek and Roman demigod Hercules as well as the Mesopotamian king and demigod Gilgamesh.
A secret meeting between SG-1 and Jaffa rebels was interrupted by the attack of a handful of Jaffa women. The team learned that these women and girls were intended as sacrifices to the Goa'uld Moloc. Ishta was one of Moloc's high priestesses and also chieftain of the camp of refugees. She was instrumental in saving many of the girl children who would have been sacrifices, buying them life until they came of age. Unfortunately, once a Jaffa girl reaches puberty, she will die without a symbiote to incubate. The Jaffa women warriors took to preying on other Jaffa, removing from them their larval Goa'uld in order to implant within these children. SG-1 was instrumental in helping to connect these women to the Tok'ra, who would help them survive with doses of the drug, Tretonin, as a replacement for the larval Goa'uld. (7.10 Birthright)
Later, Teal'c and Bra'tac have failed in trying to convince Ishta to wait until her fellow insurgent Jaffa grow numerous enough to wage war against all the Goa'uld system lords at once. Ishta feels she can't wait, since the system lord Moloc is ordering the death of every female Jaffa born in his domain. In spite of his differences with Ishta on the subject, Teal'c accompanies her to an offworld summit. The summit is interrupted by an ambush of Moloc's troops. Teal'c, Ishta, and a rebel Jaffa, Aron, escape, however Istha has left behind her Tretonin and Teal'c's has been smashed. The two grow weaker and that night, during her watch, Ishta (perhaps purposefully) is taken by Moloc's troops and tortured by Moloc himself. In contact with Teal'c, O'Neill, Carter and Daniel launch a UAV with a Tretonin supply through the Stargate, which Teal'c promptly retrieves before Moloc's troops discover him. Rescued by Aron, Teal'c and Aron seek to retrieve Ishta. In concert with Aron, Teal'c coordinates efforts to launch missiles from the SGC, targeting Moloc who is taken out along with his men. (8.09 Sacrifices)