“Tis the night – the night
Of the grave’s delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they – it is they.”
— Arthur Cleveland Coxe
I like sporting my Satanic pride, especially around this time of year (when it’s too cold to show off my tattoo!), so I took to the Internet seeking websites to buy quality clothing with Satanic symbols.
The websites I found were:
Problem is, not only are these clothes on the steep side (at least for a college student like me), but they’re all based out of the United Kingdom. That’s great news for our friends in Britain, but for us here in the ‘States, it means any shipments will take at least two weeks, and generally cost fifteen dollars just to get here.
So I went thrift store shopping on half-off day, bought some fabric paint, and made my own Satanic swag. It’s easy, cheap, and fun!
“Cute and sacriligious!” – a friend
“BLASPHEMY!” – a hypothetical angry Christian and/or establishment figure
“… in his poem “Feelings,” dedicated to his childhood sweetheart and later wife Jenny von Westphalen, Marx expressed both his megalomania and his enormous thirst for destruction:
Heaven I would comprehend
I would draw the world to me;
Living, hating, I intend
That my star shine brilliantly …
… Worlds I would destroy forever,
Since I can create no world;
Since my call they notice never …
Here is a classical expression of Satan’s supposed reason for hating, and rebelling against, God.
In another poem, Marx writes of his triumph after he shall have destroyed God’s created world:
Then I will be able to walk triumphantly,
Like a god, through the ruins of their kingdom.
Every word of mine is fire and action.
My breast is equal to that of the Creator.
And in his poem “Invocation of One in Despair” Marx writes,
‘I shall build my throne high overhead
Cold, tremendous shall its summit be.
For its bulwark – superstitious dread
For its marshal – blackest agony.’
The Satan theme is most explicitly set forth in Marx’s “The Fiddler,” dedicated to his father:
‘See this sword?
the prince of darkness
Sold it to me.’
‘With Satan I have struck my deal,
He chalks the signs, beats time for me
I play the death march fast and free.’
Particularly instructive is Marx’s lengthy, unfinished poetic drama of this youthful period, Oulanem, A Tragedy. In the course of this drama his hero, Oulanem, delivers a remarkable soliloquy, pouring out sustained invective, a hatred of the world and of mankind, a hatred of creation and a threat and vision of total world destruction.
Thus Oulanem pours out his vials of wrath:
‘… I shall howl gigantic curses on mankind:
Ha! Eternity! She is an eternal grief …
Ourselves being clockwork, blindly mechanical,
Made to be the foul-calendars of Time and Space,
Having no purpose save to happen, to be ruined,
So that there shall be something to ruin …
If there is a something which devours,
I’ll leap within it, though I bring the world to ruins-
The world which bulks between me and the Abyss
I will smash to pieces with my enduring curses.
I’ll throw my arms around its harsh reality:
Embracing me, the world will dumbly pass away,
And then sink down to utter nothingness,
Perished, with no existence – that would be really living!’
‘… the leaden world holds us fast,
And we are chained, shattered, empty, frightened,
Eternally chained to this marble block of Being …
and we –
We are the apes of a cold God.'”
– Murray N. Rothbard, Marx’s Path to Communism
Osorezan, meaning “Fear Mountain” in Japanese, is one of three mountains in the country considered most sacred. The Tendai sect of monks’ description of the entrance of Hell closely matches the topography of the mountain, leading some to refer to it as a literal “Gateway to Hell.” Despite all this, Osorezan is not a mountain, but rather, a caldera volcano which last erupted in 1787. The Sanzu river surrounding it, the Japanese version of the river Styx, takes on a yellowish hue in places due to its high sulphur content. It is toxic to touch, let alone drink, and has eradicated virtually all plant life surrounding it. It is only accessible to tourists between May 1st to October 31st, as the harsh winter makes the pathways to it inaccessible.
Mediums, known as itako, reside at the base of Mt. Osore. Historically, itako have been blind, elderly women, but modern itako often defy this trope. From July 22nd to the 24th, the itako host the Osorezan Taisai, an event in which they channel the spirits of loved ones through trance-states induced by eating the Devil Skull Mushroom. The mushroom is indigenous to the area.
“Mysteriously, unusually large numbers of skull mushrooms sprang out at Mount Osore after The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, officially named the Great East Japan Earthquake (東北地方太平洋沖地震, とうほくちほうたいへいようおきじしん, lit. North Eastern Japanese Earthquake, 9.0 magnitude, ) and tsunami of March 11, 2011, 14:46 Japan Standard Time, which caused over 15, 000 deaths in Japan.
Many faithful and spiritual locals consider this extremely rare paranormal phenomena as those people killed by this earthquake reincarnated into this special mushrooms for guarding the Gate of Hell at mount Osore, so that this earthquake’s victims would all go to Budddah’s land and the Heaven.
The last time when this many skull mushroom sprang out was happen in the fall of 1923, which was only a month after the Great Kantō Earthquake (関東大震災, Kantō daishinsai) struck the Kantō plain on the Japanese main island of Honshū at 11:58:44 am JST on September 1, 1923, which was the deadliest earthquake ever to strike Japan up until this year’s Tōhoku Earthquake.” – Dr. Takeshi Yamada
The souls of the deceased are said to cross Lake Usorisan, which Sanzu feeds into. Relatives of the deceased have hidden hundreds of thousands of Jizo – small humanoid statues – all over the bank of the lake. These are said to protect the spirits from evil demons. Where the souls of children are said to reside, visitors leave toys and pinwheels.