Who is Erlik?

Erlik, Erlig, Erklik or Erlik Khan (equivalent to Hungarian Ördög) is the god of death and Tamag or ‘hell’ in Turkic and Mongolian mythology. Erlik didn’t start out as a god, however. One day, the high creator god Ulgan noticed a clump of mud floating on the primordial waters and thought it seemed to have [...]

Satan at the Crossroads Lecture Series

It was late night—or possibly early morning—during one of the socials for the local Satanic group I participate with, deep in the dog days of summer, 2017. One of the leaders of the group approached me with an idea: why didn’t I see about preparing a presentation of some sort about something having to do [...]

Musings on back to school and cycles repeating themselves

Children make you begin to see time more in cycles. Had Nietzsche ever bothered to have kids, he would doubtless not have worried so over the concept of the Eternal Return. Living day in, day out with miniature versions of yourself that reflect back to you every regrettable word and deeply flawed behavioral trait forces [...]

Eroticizing the Mundane: A Satanic Take on Sacralizing the Mundane

From the TMI file: My approaching 42nd birthday reminds me that I am deep into middle age. I’ve been married for a little more than a decade now to a woman I’ve been with for a tad over fourteen years. We have two young children together. In case you didn’t already know this, all of [...]

Some musings on the Satanism (and linguistics) of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Last night, as I again watched the immortal 1989 comedy classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, four thoughts occurred to me.  First, the film contains a nice illustration of the “we” problem I discussed in my recent essay on the United States’ motto, official just since 1956, of “In God We Trust.” When Bill and [...]

A chance brush with Behemoth’s Nergal

From the “life’s sometimes surreal” file:  On Thursday, my little family and I took a trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. The journey formed the final leg of our year-long adventure in hosting a 16-year-old German exchange student. A hot and cloudless summer solstice day, it was finally time to see our unofficially [...]

Co-opting Crazy: Dinotopia and Disabusing Creationists of their Dino Delusions

There is much cause for WTF! moments when considering the views of young-earth-creationist-style fundamentalist Christians. But nothing quite rivals for sheer outrageousness their “thinking” on peaceful human-dinosaur cohabitation. Even paleontologists whose research they’ve hijacked in vain efforts to “prove” their outlandish ideas on the subject can’t convince them of the error of their ways. That’s [...]

The Greatest Trick the Devil ever Pulled…

Was convincing the world he was all about the groups. Those who have feared Satanism have traditionally focused on the imagined threat of Satanic groups: Satanic covens, gangs, networks with ruthless discipline and tight, authoritarian control, out to do their collective worst. This is the stuff of Illuminati conspiracies and the Satanic Panic of the [...]