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  • Occultism In Religion

    The word occultism derives from the Greek word occultus meaning hidden. Occultism is the study of the arts or occult practices like magic, alchemy, astrology, spiritualism and clairvoyance, among others. The interpretation of the occult and concepts can be found in the belief structures of certain philosophies and religions such as Gnosticism, Hermeticism, theosophy, Wicca, Thelma, neo-paganism or Satanism religions. The meaning of occultism is the secret knowledge and practices dealing with the supernatural or “psychic” phenomena, often for the purpose of obtaining personal power. The practices have a history that is known to the world and a hidden dark secret which only the people who practice occultism know of. Occultism is the fastest growing…

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  • Joe Golem: Occult Detective

    Joe Golem Occult Detective is a standalone novel by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola. The first novel in the occult detective series of novels Joe Golem: Occult Detective otherwise known as Rat Catcher was first published 2015. The series of comic books is an adaptation of the story of Joe Golem from the novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Dave Palumbo the Spectrum award-winning painter did the covers while the graphics are by Patric Reynolds. The new series is set in a period before the…

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  • Abolism Of Occult Science In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    According to Bowles and Kaplan, “Paracelsus also came to represent a symbol of occult knowledge, especially in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein in which the mad Doctor Frankenstein in worked his name while attempting to uncover hidden scientific knowledge” (Bowles and Kaplan, 2012, pg. 1). The writer of Frankenstein was John Polidori. Frankenstein was known as a monster that was involved with science. Frankenstein has also inspired many movies. According to Bowles and Kaplan, “the same…

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  • Amelius Agrippa Influence On Dr Faustus

    The Occult Philosophy: The Influence of Cornelius Agrippa on Marlowe’s Writings The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus is perhaps the most infamous work written by Christopher Marlowe. Inquiring in a variety of topics ranging from the supernatural, wisdom and a man’s ambition for wealth and power, Marlowe introduces the character of Doctor Faustus whose increasing weariness of basic knowledge leads him to make life-changing decisions. Faustus’s deviations commence…

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  • Political Influence On Macbeth

    Shakespeare demonstrated that opposing the sovereign ruler always leads to destruction. This counteracts the plot by stating submission to the rightful ruler out of greed. Another political issue during this time period was the element of the occult. Pia Brînzeu acknowledges that “the interest in magic represents a form of rebellion against tradition that aims to discover new creative forms of existence as well as a desire to rehabilitate ancient cosmologies by those who have lost faith in…

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  • Evil In William Butler Yeats 'Purgatory'

    Man’s father and prevent the cycle of their destructive bloodline from continuing. It was also meant to set his mother free from her remorse and, consequently, Purgatory. Unfortunately, it does not free his mother from Purgatory, as the Old Man laments “twice a murderer and all for nothing” (Yeats, William Butler line 243). Most of the play is dominated by Christian values, with highlights of pagan and occult influence. William Butler Yeats grew up on Irish mythology and folklore, which…

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  • Heavy Metal: The Devil In Popular Culture

    demonstrate, mass media plays a role in socialization in the same way it plays a key role in the shaping of certain beliefs, which may include the idea of contemporary Satanism (Asbjørn 69). The Christian religion has linked the idea of Satanism to adolescents through horror movies and, of course, rock and heavy metal music which combined demoniac images and lyrics to the famous statement “sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll”. This kind of music was attractive for young people and the demonization of…

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  • Argumentative Essay: The Banning Of Books In Schools

    I actually had not heard, or realized how there was (is?) so much controversy and censorship either applied or attempted by persons regarding J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of books. While searching this topic, most of those against these books are either parents who are citing religious reasons or churches themselves that are against the books because of the subject matter of witchcraft and sorcery, which is something that is against the teachings of the bible. Parents are fearful and…

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  • The West Memphis Three And Labelling Theory

    The emotions and media attention shadowed the public’s judgement, so when the boys were labelled as murders, everyone believed they were. The majority of West Memphis shared similar Christian beliefs, condemning those who believe in the occult and commit deviance against their society. Due to the town’s social cohesion, most believed the boys were guilty. Damien was seen as a poverty stricken white trash young father. For most, it was easy to connect labels such as murder and criminal to an…

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  • Slave Tituba Summary

    Breslaw analyzes the 5-day trial confessions of the slave Tituba to explore the cultural influences behind the Salem Witch-hunt. She argues that Tituba was not of African American descent but rather Native America nor was she involved in occult activities prior to 1692; it was the popularized fiction that was released afterwards that influenced the incorrect idea of Tituba’s origins (535). Breslaw’s analysis is important for a couple of reasons. She demonstrates how the various cultures: the…

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