Harvey Weinstein, Ritual Sacrifice, and Horror Films

 

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Dear Reader,

I am plowing through Michel Pastoureau’s The Bear: The History of a Fallen King for an academic article that I am writing. I came across an interesting story of the pagan sanctuary at Brauron, which is close to Athens, Greek.

Apparently, at this sanctuary, young Greek girls under the age of ten dressed in yellow and white and performed the roles of priestesses of Artemis while a female bear was sacrificed.

Pastoureau suggests that this ritual of the Classical and Hellenistic periods of Greece was a toned down version of an earlier ritual that involved abuse and then sacrifice of children.

This scene made me think of two phenomenon: one cinematic and fictional and the other real life.

It is a common trope and horror films for a good looking woman to engage in indecent acts (and sometimes even be raped) before being horrifically murdered by some monster or serial killer.

It is weird how much this narrative mimics ancient pagan rituals of defilement and sacrifice.

What the bear sacrifice at Brauron also makes me think of his the hidden story behind the Weinstein scandal.

It has been repeatedly noted that Weinstein’s indecent acts were done as much for his pleasure as to degrade the American, culturally Christian girls whom he was attacking.

It also has been suggested that the scandals of heterosexual rape of adults are hiding the scandal of child abuse in Hollywood.

Is it possible that this abuse involved ritual murder as well to some postmodern incarnation of the demon that was worshiped by the Greeks as Artemis.

Why is the Goat Used as an Image of Satan?

Dear Reader,

A common story given as to why the goat is often used as an image of Satan is because of the ancient story  of the scapegoat, that is, Satanists, beginning in about the 19th century with Eliphas Levi, adopted the image of the goat for Satan in order to claim Satan as a scapegoat for evil when, in fact, the devil was, as Lucifer-Prometheus and the serpent of the gnostic myths, merely trying to help humankind.

While it is true that the baphomet figure as we know it does have its origins in Eliphas Levi, the use of the goat figure is ancient.

The satyr, a half man-half goat figure, was depicted in often very crude anatomically detailed manner on Greek vases as well as some Roman mosaics as well as a variety of myths. He is always associated with sexual degeneracy, and, very interestingly, degenerate music.

Is there a connection with Orphism here?

I would be willing to say yes.

The satyr figure was associated not with fertility per se, but with bestiality, rape, orgies, and other transgressive and degenerate forms of sex. What is further interesting is that in the stories of satyr rapes, like the story of rapes by gods such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Apollo, there is usual a bestial metamorphosis of some kind involved as well as a narrative of the loss of innocence of a young girl or nymph in a garden or other rustic settings.

The goat as animal thus became associated with sodomy, bestiality, as well as with magic rituals associated with these acts.

Thus we left with a few interesting points.

  1. The satyr and goat have traditionally been associated with transgressive sexual activities; thus, Eliphas Levi’s use of the goat as the hermaphroditic baphomet is an old trope. Satan as the adversary or tempted is defined by his desire to break the natural law and rebel against God’s order. Thus transgressive sex has a Satanic mystical element to it.
  2. Secondly, although St. Augustine dismissed the idea outright that Eve had sexual relations with the serpent in the Garden of Eden, could all of the stories of bestial rape of a virgin by a god in classical mythology be perverted tales of the fall of Eve?
  3. Were the bestial occult sex rituals performed in the Mediterranean reenactments of this seduction of eve by the Serpent?
  4. Is every transgressive sexual act a participation in this ur satanic ritual?
  5. Is this is what is going on at a black mass in which degenerate sex activity is being performed?
  6. Is this a clue to uncovering the human trafficking epidemic, the abuse of children in the Church, and even the Weinstein Hollywood stories of rape?