I am reading through E. R. Dodds’ excellent The Greeks and the Irrational (in which I found a poem written by the previous owner of the book!), and came across a description of theurgy depicted in Homer, which, interestingly resembles the phenomenon of the Viking berserkers.
Apparently Homer used the word “menos” to describe the gods’ implanting of what Plato would call furor in the warrior. Thus Homer is describing his heroes as being temporarily mad or possessed especially when they are in a state of fury performing their aristeia or even and perhaps especially when they are in a state of combat with the gods.
Thus Achilles, Odysseus, and Hector and other all resemble Vikings in a shamanistic trance, and thus there is another link between Mycenaean and Germanic culture. Clearly the classical Greeks that we know as a the pinnacle of Greek culture were a combination of Mediterranean Indo-Europeans and perhaps Germanic, Celtic, or Slavic? northern Europeans.
The phenomenon of a hero being required to be in a state of trance or be given menos while combating with a god also presents a link to demonic mystical experience that later theurgists would have when performing rituals to summon demons.
This god fighting in poems like the Iliad also may be either a memory or a demonic imitation of the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel.
Finally, we might ask if modern experience of movies under the influence of the “magic” of psychiatric drugs is a modern experience of menos or the berserker experience. The common narrative of many of the mass shooters–especially the Batman killings–is a young man who, under the spell of psychiatric medication, was triggered by the ritual of the movie. Was this done intentional as some sort of occultic-medical experiment? Are we all affected in a similar manner when watching movies?
If it is true that most movies, not just explicitly occultic ones, are a form of shamanistic experience, then I would, once again advise extreme discretion when viewing them.
Does anyone have any intel on connections between movies and shamanistic or theurgic ritual?