Mysteria Misc. Maxima: September 20th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.

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10 thoughts on “Mysteria Misc. Maxima: September 20th, 2013
  1. Great story links as always. I especially enjoyed the Gospel of Thomas video and the Legacy of the Satanic Panic times (may reblog that one), which i and others lived though here in rural PA. Near Beltane in the mid-90s a fellow witch and his young daughter went into a nearby rural town and were warned twice, both at the bank and in the grocery store, that he should keep a close watch on her as the local Satanists were “looking for a blond haired blue eyed virgin to sacrifice at their upcoming ritual”. I kid you not. Scared the shit out of him because of the locals, not the non-existent Satanists.
    Regarding some other stories – if a Pentecostal went to the Cowboy church would they speak in tongues in Lakota Sioux?
    Yea, a possible Blue Plaque for ole Uncle Al!

  2. The article in Surrey Today lumps Crowley in with a serial train robber for the sake of examples of “people considered not famous, but notorious, and thus unworthy of a plaque.”

  3. The article seemed very ambiguous. If Crowley is not eligible for a plague (or nominated) why bring him up? Me thinks someone doth protest too much.

  4. From the article: “John Capon, one of the main organisers, has also furnished Yesteryear with some details of two notorious former residents of the area, not, it should be added, eligible for a blue plaque.” [followed by descriptions of Crowley and Biggs]

    No ambiguity, I’m afraid. Just the usual equine necro-flagellation.

  5. I suppose I meant it was ambiguous about whether or not Crowley was listed for a plaque in the first place.

    After all, one would think one must first be in the running to be deemed ineligible. Otherwise, why bring it up? Also, we don’t get any information about what grounds may be used to determine eligibility. I’d like to know if he was nominated and, if so, why he was cut from the running.

    I have no problem with their characterization of Crowley. It’s true and accurate: He was a leading occultist and he did garner his infamous title as a result of his unconventional lifestyle. In fact, that they call Thelema a “religious philosophy” and manage to avoid boogeymen like “black magic” and “cult” is a welcome change of pace.

    1. Three seems quite a lot. It’s interesting that instead of there being a compartment for “religion” and one for “rodeo” (or, I suppose extra-churchular activities) that these things are blended here, and as frequently as you observe.

  6. When I first saw the article “Techno Buddhists” I immediately thought of raver Buddhists thumping to techno in a club, for some reason.

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