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Jesus Malverde: Not Just a Narcosaint | R. Andrew Chesnut
"Malverde quickly earned a reputation as el bandido generoso, the generous bandit who stole from the rich and distributed the plunder to the needy. In the most popular version of the Malverde legend, the governor of Sinaloa, Francisco Cañedo, personally challenged Malverde to steal his sword or daughter, promising that if successful he would be granted a pardon. Malverde passed brazenly through the governor's mansion like a ghost and left a note stating "Jesus M. was here." Humiliated, the governor ordered him hanged with his arms tied behind his back. As a show of force, local authorities refused to allow Malverde to be buried and his body was left hanging until the bones fell to the ground. Over time, peasants threw small stones towards his remains as a sign of respect, eventually covering the body. "
cult  crime 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Making a kangling for chöd | Buddhism for Vampires
}A kangling is a trumpet made from a human thigh-bone. You play a kangling in tantric Buddhist rituals, particularly chöd. The function of chöd is to cut your emotional attachment to your body. Putting a dead person’s leg bone to your mouth—to blow the kangling while practicing—is an intimate reminder of your own mortality."
cult 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Archeologists unearth 3,300 year old complex in Israel
"Initial examination of the ruins suggests the site was an ancient cult complex—a rather large one at that with side walls measuring up to 52x52 feet. Thus far archeologists have uncovered mask fragments (parts that covered the nose), connected cups (their purpose has yet to be discovered), scarabs (stone representations of the beetle typically used as an amulet) and very large vessels known as pithoi."
history  cult 
9 days ago by warrenellis
Ebola Is the ISIS of Our Apocalyptic Fantasies | VICE News
"The issue is not whether the Islamic State is a ridiculous analogy for Ebola — of course it is. The real problem is that highly complex geopolitical situations are being reduced in the Western popular imaginary to apocalyptic fantasies. In isolation, the end-times anxieties attached to both the rise of the Islamic State and the spread of Ebola have been unfounded — little wonder that combining the paranoias produced an absurd effect on screen."
cult  war  extinction 
15 days ago by warrenellis
Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles | UK news | The Guardian
"British military intelligence agents in Northern Ireland used fears about demonic possessions, black masses and witchcraft as part of a psychological war against emerging armed groups in the Troubles in the 1970s, a study says."
war  cult  psyops 
15 days ago by warrenellis
BBC - Future - Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed'
"Scientists are using hypnosis to understand why some people believe they’re inhabited by paranormal beings."
hypno  neuro  cult  weird 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Touched By The Tremendum | Edge.org
QUESTION: It starts with Timothy Leary. What you're saying gives me deja vu of Timothy 20 years ago.

MCKENNA: Only because you misremember what he said. He never said anything like this. The rhetoric of the '60s was entirely devoid of any sensitivity to shamanism, of any awareness that these things had ever been done in the human past. They thought it was a miracle drug that had come out of a Swiss laboratory. They didn't realize that it was the way religion has always been practiced except for the last 2,000 years.
drugs  cult  mckenna 
june 2014 by warrenellis
What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital | Earth. We are one.
"What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” "
med  occult  cult  good+news+from+the+other+world 
june 2014 by warrenellis
"Doomsday prophet's" massage business closes; Is he a cult leader?
"Followers, most of whom live in communal houses, reportedly claim that Stasio hears from God ‘without interference.’"
cult 
march 2014 by warrenellis
The filter trap: Swarms, anomalies, and the quasi-topology of Ikpeng shamanism | Rodgers | HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
"This article explores the first phase of shamanic initiation among the Ikpeng, an Amerindian people living close to the Middle Xingu River in southern Amazonia. Submerged in a nocturnal river or lake and staring up at the dark water surface, the initiate absorbs a swarm of water and forest beings, attracted by the potent aroma of jatobá tree resin, dripped onto the surface above his (or her) eyes, turning the novice’s body into a living container for these spirits."
shamanism  culture  cult  ritual 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Angels and Demons
"The deliverance ceremonies designed to bring children out from under the spell of witchcraft can be traumatic and even dangerous. According to Mulinde, the patient often becomes violent and vomits. At one such ceremony in Cameroon earlier this year, a 9-year-old girl died as the pastor attempted to cast out evil spirits. Even after the demons are exorcised, the victims are often stigmatized for life. "Their houses have been stoned and sometimes have been burned," Mulinde says. "Even the chiefs [traditional local authorities] tell them to migrate from [their villages]." Abandoned by their families and banished from their homes, accused witches sometimes end up living on the streets, where they are particularly vulnerable to trafficking, prostitution, homelessness, and death from exposure."
cult  crime 
december 2013 by warrenellis
What is the meaning of the 'vampire graves' unearthed in Poland? | World news | The Guardian
In 2008, archaeologists found a 4,000-year-old grave in Mikulovice in the Czech Republic in which the skeleton had been weighed down at the head and the chest by two large stones. "Remains treated in this way are now considered as vampiric," Radko Sedlacek, the director of the East Bohemia Museum, told reporters at the time. "The dead man's contemporaries were afraid that he might leave his grave and return to the world."
crime  cult  occult  weird 
july 2013 by warrenellis
Archaeologists unearth carved head of Roman god in ancient rubbish dump
"Antenociticus is one of a number of gods known only from the northern frontier, a region which seems to have had a number of its own deities.
history  cult 
july 2013 by warrenellis
Saint Death becoming more popular in the US
"It is believed that 5 percent of the Mexican population worships the saint, whose other names include Holy Death, The White Girl, The Miracle Worker, and The Skinny Girl."
cult 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Religious cult leader, "God in the flesh," pleads guilty to lesser sex crime
"Dalton told his then 15-year-old daughter he was ‘the Holy Ghost’ and promised her she would be ‘blessed’ before forcing her to have sex with him. Prosecutors said he also condoned an ‘impression’ that Geody Harman, 38, said he had received indicating that he needed to have sex with the girl. Within the sect Harman was referred to as ‘God in the flesh.’"
crime  cult 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Swedish town rocked by second child exorcism
"At one point her parents held her down and tried to stick live wires in her mouth to release the evil spirits through electrical shocks."
crime  cult 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Warren Jeffs' revelations - Google Maps
"Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader Warren Jeffs predicted several cities and nations would have tragedies befall them. Here are the cities, and what will happen to them according to Jeffs."
maps  cult  mad 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Scientists Use Google Earth to Understand Mysterious Giant Wheels
"Thousands of geoglyph "wheels," almost completely unknown to the public, are now part of public knowledge thanks to advances in technology, both photographic and social. These wheels are scattered across the deserts of Jordan and adjacent countries."
geo  history  cult 
september 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Murder victim Maire Rankin 'beaten with crucifix'
"Prof Jack Crane said Mrs Rankin had bruising on her chin consistent with the crown of thorns on Jesus' head."
crime  cult 
september 2011 by warrenellis
The WELL: John Robb on War, Peace, and Resilient Communities
"My students were former child soldiers. Let me say that after the
schools had been out of business for more than 10 years, say starting
around 1990, the wars were more like Lord of the Flies with pickup
trucks, automatic rifles, light and heavy machineguns, and mortars...

"...Illiterate 20-somethings leading uneducated armed bands of teens and children across the countryside, enticed by rice and magic. And some drugs, it's true, but chiefly rice and magic. These were hungry children empowered by an AK-47 and some sadistic charismatic leaders.

"...Funny how quickly a new generation will believe in the power of magic in as few as 10 or 12 years after the schools close."
war  pol  cult  magic  edu 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists map religious forests and sacred sites
Oxford scientists are aiming to produce a global map of the land owned or revered by the world’s religions. Many of these ‘religious forests’ and sacred sites contain some of the richest biodiversity in the world, including some of the highest numbers of threatened species.
history  cult  maps 
august 2011 by warrenellis
25 years after Rajneeshee commune collapsed, truth spills out -- Part 1 of 5 | OregonLive.com
"In a nearly unbelievable chapter of Oregon history, a guru from India gathered 2,000 followers to live on a remote eastern Oregon ranch. The dream collapsed 25 years ago amid attempted murders, criminal charges and deportations. But the whole story was never made public. With first-ever access to government files, and some participants willing to talk for the first time, it's clear things were far worse than we realized..."
crime  cult 
may 2011 by warrenellis
God's Wife Edited Out of the Bible -- Almost : Discovery News
"God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar."
history  cult 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Followers of Ramtha cult murder police officer
"A further controversial issue regarding Ramtha’s teachings involves the so-called end times, which are linked to a belief that the Mayan civilization predicted the world would end in 2012. Some of the cult’s students believe that they can obtain powers to raise the dead, freeze a rocket in mid-air, make gold appear out of thin air, and predict the future."
cult  crime 
january 2011 by warrenellis

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