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[NSFW] A Chilling Connection Between D&D, Myth, And The Real World.

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Retreater

Legend
I was raised in a real wrath of God household, by a mother that spoke of actual demons, stories of witchcraft, supernatural powers, prophecy, etc. I broke away from that in middle school and later in college, the campus priest told me I was raised basically with a medieval form of the religion.
I suggest anyone who feels horror from these stories to read some good scientific and historical non-fiction to focus them on reality. (I can suggest "The Demon Haunted World" by Carl Sagan.) Break the cycle of abuse based on supernatural fears.
 

Undrave

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I was browsing through my D&D collection and I came across the Demon Lord Abraxas, Master of the Final Incantation, also known as Abrasax or Abracax.
I know a lot of RPG demons are drawn from myth, but this is too much. You'll see why.

"ABRAXAS
CE male demon lord of forbidden lore, magic, and snakes
Unholy Symbol demonic face with two snake tails descending from a mouth encircled by a serpent"
-Pathfinder Book of the Damned

Before I go on, I want to iterate: THIS DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH QANON. I know some of you are already moving your cursors to "Ban" but please read on!

Does this sound familiar?
[Wikipedia]: "'These men, moreover, practise magic, and use images, incantations, invocations, and every other kind of curious art. Coining also certain names as if they were those of the angels, they proclaim some of these as belonging to the first, and others to the second heaven; and then they strive to set forth the names, principles, angels, and powers of the 365 imagined heavens.


— Adversus hæreses, I. xxiv. 5; cf. Epiph. Haer. 69 D; Philastr. Suer. 32'"


"'As a demon'
The Catholic church later deemed Abraxas a pagan god, and ultimately branded him a demon as documented in J. Collin de Plancy's Infernal Dictionary, Abraxas (or Abracax) is labeled the "supreme God" of the Basilidians, whom he describes as "heretics of the second century". He further indicated the Basilidians attributed to Abraxas the rule over "365 skies" and "365 virtues". In a final statement on Basilidians, de Plancy states that their view was that Jesus Christ was merely a "benevolent ghost sent on Earth by Abraxas".[8]"

So I've gone through D&D, and mythological demonology. What does this have to do with the real world?
Far too much. Bad, bad stuff that I don't want to recall, on any site.
But I'll go through the content I can handle. This information is copied from the following article released in 1998 (but it's still going on). There are many other sources that cover this, but I didn't want to go any farther down the demon rabbit-hole.
Source: https://cwasu.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Confronting-An-Atrocity.pdf

Marc Dutroux was a Satanic priest that repeatedly raped and tortured at least 6 girls and young women.

"One press report (Sunday Express 12.1.97) referred to suspected links between Dutroux and the self-styled Satanic Order of Abrasax based in southern Belgium. A letter found in the house of accomplice Bernard Weinstein (who Dutroux admits he drugged and buried alive) referred to the group and to the need to continue to procure ‘presents’ - in the form of human beings - for the High Priestess of the Order. The media were asked to withhold this information for many months. A raid on the group ‘temple’ - an anonymous cottage - resulted in seizure of hundreds of videotapes, racks of computer discs, two human skulls and jars of animal blood."

Does anyone else think D&D has gone too far? AND IS THIS CREEPY AS HELL?

Sooo....

Abraxas was the name of a god in somebody's else faith (a bit like Ba'al) and then the Catholic Church made that god into an EEEEVIL Demon and then, centuries later, some nut jobs in Belgium used Abraxas' name to do some creepy and evil shit and somehow D&D has gone too far?

'magic', 'incantation', 'invocations', 'other curious arts', those are just the religious practice of other people being presented as evil. If you explain a Catholic mass as "We burn some candles and repeat words of blessing, we turn this bread into the flesh of our god, then we consume it and his blood" it sounds a heck of a lot like some kind of magic ritual. So maybe check your colonialism and Judeo-Christian religio-centrism at the door when exploring religions and myths?


Also, you've only been here since saturday, calm down.
 

Retreater

Legend
If you explain a Catholic mass as "We burn some candles and repeat words of blessing, we turn this bread into the flesh of our god, then we consume it and his blood" it sounds a heck of a lot like some kind of magic ritual.
I can attest to this. Explaining my religious background to my wife (raised a Protestant) thought all of it very bizarre, even after I attempted to explain it in her terms.
 


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