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 [...]

Dangerous Exceptionalism

In late June, a slew of national reporting drew attention to the Republican nominee for North Carolina State House District 48, Russell Walker, and the fact that he freely and openly admits to being a White Supremacist. What’s more, Walker claims that God Himself is a White Supremacist and that there’s therefore absolutely nothing wrong [...]

Plugging Away at Plugging In: The Satanics of (Re)connection

There’s a moment in the 2011 science fiction novel The Martian when protagonist Mark Watney manages to use instructions sent in ASCII from NASA to hack his rover’s OS and patch it into the 1997 Mars Pathfinder roving probe, allowing him to talk normally to a team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, [...]