Thookam Ritual

Tension erupted at a Kerala temple Thursday when 13 of its office bearers were arrested in a bid to prevent a “barbaric” ritual that was to be revived after 17 years.”

“The ritual involves three people being lifted by a metal hook pierced through their back and hung from a scaffold. The men are brought down after three minutes.

The ritual is called “Thookam” and looks to be Hindu.

Full Story: Keralanext


Wes’ post on Icelandic magick got me thinking about other Scandanavian magick systems. The fastest growing (in practitioners) probably being that of Asatru.

I was once acquainted with an individual who belonged to this religion – he was in the process of writing a book on runes. He informed me about how he spent one day a week at various prisons in the area teaching Asatru. It seems that (and we all know that in prison you usually have to align yourself with one group or another) there are plenty of white inmates that don’t wish to align themselves with skinheads. Asatru – with its tough Nordic ancestry – has become the number one alternative.

Other links:
The Asatru Alliance
Religious Tolerance Info

The Exorcist (Bunny Version)

I found this via Neil Gaiman’s Journal. The Exorcist in 30 seconds re-enacted by bunnies. Sick, yet strangely hilarious.

Neanderthal = Nephilim?

The argument is presented that the scientific facts verify that the Neanderthal were in fact one and the same as the ancient warrior race the Nephilim. It is here proposed that an examination of the evidence and facts currently available on Neanderthal man reveal that they could well have been a race of half-breed humans referred to in some of the earliest manuscripts found as the Nephilim.

Interesting, if extremely speculative, research paper found via Invisible College. I’ve read other research, however, suggesting that both Noah and Goliath were from the Nephilim. If it’s true in the case of Noah, that would mean that most of us are related to this half-angel breed and not the Neaderthals.

Hakim Bey, Corporate Magick, and Random Thoughts

Wes’ Corporate Magick expose and anti-copyright advocacy reminds me a lot of Hakim Bey and his many works. One of which – Temporary Autonomous Zone – Klint links to.

Speaking of magick, Mindwarp, lets his brief thoughts on Hellboy turn into a nice rant on Gary Lachman’s Turn Off Your Mind – a book which examines many aspects of occult culture and apparently lists Aleister Crowley as merely a “moral lesson.”


Every once in a while, I surf over to SourceryForge and haphazardly look around. One thing that always seemed to bother me was the red link for Pathworkings, which (with the exception of the About page) is the only link on the main page that doesn’t actually have a page attached to it.

Well… today, apparently, I got fed up and started the page myself. I believe that Wes has the right idea about the occult community (at least those of us on the web) creating an open source grimoire of sorts that can become almost an Akashic records for the World Wide Web.

Admittedly, the page is very raw right now as I don’t have any of my occult books in front of me (particularly the two that introduced me to pathworking – both guided and astral). But it’s a start… and I think it’s a start that the rest of us should finish.

I’ll be adding more information to the Pathworkings page probably by Thursday, but I’ll be very agitated if the page isn’t hacked, cracked, and mutated by the time I get to it. So what are you waiting for? Let’ s get the ball rolling.

Philip K. Dick’s Religious Experience

[…] an interesting graphic interpretation of a series of events which happened to [Philip K.]Dick in March of 1974. He spent the remaining years of his life trying to figure out what happened in those fateful months.

This eight page graphic novel (Weirdo #17) is archived on the Internet for your enjoyment.

100 Years of Will

Jason Louv informs us that: “The following three days (April 8-10) are the 100th anniversary of the transmission of Liber AL vel Legis (The Book of the Law) by Aleister Crowley.”

Bianca’s Playhouse

“Note this: the Bible, Quran, Kabala, Vedas, Torah, Book of Mormon, and any other “sacred text” is nothing but a pack of lies. Fanciful creations. Hallucinary side effects. Madness in print. Invalid, unfounded, collections of paper worth no more than used toilet paper. (And for atheist: don’t think you aren’t included. The fact that you believe in NOTHING is a lie.)”

I first came across Bianca’s site a few months back while toying with google to search for some occult information. She’s an intelligent writer with a playful attitude and a good sense of humor. In fact, according to Jason Louv, she is supposed to be one of the writers in his upcoming Generation Hex anthology.

Memory Hole Blog

If any of you have been sleeping for the last month, like I apparently was, you might not have noticed that Russ Kick’s The Memory Hole now has a Moveable Type blog called The Memory Blog.

From the looks of things, this new blog will be consistently updated, unlike the original one; and it even contains the standard Moveable Type RSS feed for anyone that wants to syndicate it.

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