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I am happy that we have covered a lot of information concerning the Rites of the Ancient Ones.  However,  I must say that the importance of these Rites and rituals cannot be fully understood until the Initiate understands the history of the Cult of the Dead.

The Mad Arab speaks about this Cult on various occasions in the Text of the Simon Necronomicon. One example, can be  seen in the beginning of the MAGAN Text:

“The verses here following come from the secret text of some of the priests of a cult which is all that is left of the Old Path that existed before Babylon was built..,”

The Mad Arab on another occasion mentioned a “Cult” that existed before Babylon was built, he is referring to the Sult of the Dead. We can ascertain this from a passage that appears in the URILLA Text”

“Bread of the Cult of the Dead in its Place I eat”

The Mad Arab reveals the identity of this “Cult” in the above passage, being none other than the Cult of the Dead. Although, there is not much information available about the Cult of the Dead, most scholars agree that it is the religion of the Ancient Ones. I must also state that without understanding of the history of the Cult of the Dead, no Initiate can ever gain a true understanding of the Greater Mysteries. In the book Spiritism and the cult of the dead in antiquity by Lewis Bayles Paton, we find the following observation on page 18:

“..,it appears that the cult of the dead is one of the most ancient and most widely-spread forms of human worship….,a number of ancient writers formulated the theory that ancestor-worship was the origin of all human religion.”

Here we see that Paton describes the Cult of the Dead’s spiritual philosophy as being the foundation of all human religion. if this is the case, then we should see aspects of this in human religions that followed this most ancient Cult. Paton continues on page 208 with the following words:

“The rites of mourning among the Semites were similar to those of among other primitive peoples and bear witness to a similar cult of the dead.”

Before we continue on with other examples, Paton explains why the Cult of the Dead was so understood and embraced by ancient people who later came to fear the dead:

“The great gods whom men loved and adored were gods of the upper world and of the living; their sway did not extend into the dark abodes of the dead…,When death came it was a sign that their favor was withdrawn, or thatthey were unable to help against the powers f darkness. The disembodied spirit passed out of their jurisdiction into that of divinities wih whom in life it had established no friendly relations.”

Here we see that it is important for the Initiate to establish a relationship with the forces of darkness.  This we find as being the case with some of the most legendary kings and priests in history. Paton illustrates this further on page 261:

“The dark holy of holies of Solomon’s temple, with its anteroom, in which a lamp was kept burning and bread and incense were offered, was the counterpart of an ancient Canaanite tomb…,Sacrifice is a rite that has meaning only in the cult of the dead. The blood, in which the life of the animal resides, is poured outin order that the shades may drink of it and renew their vigour. Offerings of food and drink are not needed by celestial deities, but are needed by spirits of the dead, and have been offered to them from the earliest times…,and were afterward extended to other divinities..,”

Here we can see a clear example of how the Cult of the Dead, while remaining hidden, was influential in the secret cults of ancient times controlled culture, politics, and kings. Paton continues on page 20:

“We are told of Confucius that “he sacrificed to the spirits as though the spirits were present,” and he consciously enjoined the cult of the dead upon his disciples.”

This is further evidence of how widespread the Cult of the Dead really were. When we identify who the Cult of the Dead really are, we can see what groups were considered the Ancient Ones by the Mad Arab. Paton continues in his introductory notes, and from them we can see some of the bigoted views of Paton’s generation, though in some respects he praises these same “savage people” as being keepers of a most ancient tradition:

“In the Neolithic caves of Palestine, that were inhabited by a pre-Semitic race, offerings of food and drink were deposited with the dead and their bones were used as amulets. Anthropologists are agreed that no savage race exits which does not belive in some sort of immortality and practise some rites in honour of the dead.”

Earlier in Paton’s writing we find what he calls a savage race, would incude Africans, Native Americans, East Indians, and Asian peoples. Yet he also shows how this same Cult of the Dead was influential in Europe. In this online article entitled Death Rite we find the following observation:

“The Christian cult of the dead found found early expression in the catacombs..,”

It is clear from reveiwing the history of the Cult of the Dead that we find this to be the same organization that the Mad Arab describes as existing before babylon was built. it is this same Cult that Simon referred to in his introduction of the SN in a section entitled WORSHIP OF THE ANCIENT ONES IN HISTORY, we read:

“In the West, the conjuration, cultivation, or worship of this Power was strenuously oppossed with the advent of the Solar Monotheistic religions and those who clung to the Old Ways were effectively exstinguished.”

It now makes since  why the Mad Arab said that this Cult were to produce a text called the MAGAN Text. MAGAN sometimes referring to the “place of death.”  It can be estimated that the Cult of the Dead existed before the belief system of the Sumerians. It seems that after the Deluge the Cult’s Power was weakend by the Solar Cults, yet it still remained alive by Initiates who performed the work in secret. it is evident that the Cult existed before sumeria and Babylon because the esthetics of the Cult, althouth pre-historic, were though to be evil by the groups that followed them, namely the Sumerians and Babylonians, which means that they did not understand the cause of these rites. Paton continues on page 211 of his book:

“Unlike China, where ancestors were believed to bless their descendants,…in Babylonia and Assyria the activity of spirits of the dead was entirely maleficent.”

This would establish that the Cult that the Mad Arab mentioned in the beginning of the MAGAN Text must have existed even before Sumeria, since the Cult of the Dead is the oldest of religions. This would also explain why the Babylonians thought wind-spirits were evil, since the wind represented the soul, spirit, or breathe of the deceased person.  Interestingly, they also believed that the spirit still had some connection to the dead body and the physical body was its chief seat of activity. In some of the early Babyloniian incantations we see that these “evil spirits” are described as having no wife, cannot stand or sit, and etc. This being the case we can now understand why PAZUZU, was considered evil, since he was a wind demon. This would also clarify some aspects of Lamashtu being able to act in her own accord or winds that were not formed in heaven. We mentioned earlier that it was Ancient Mesopotamian belief that, although the celestial gods favored man from time to time, they could not do anything about the forces of darkness coming to take a soul is not the womb of death being that the have never established a relationship with these forces. This is what the Mad Arab seems to be talking about in the beginning of the Second Testimony, for although he has descended into the Abyss and has Walked amongst the Spheres, his fate still awaits him:

The Lords of the Wind rush about me and are angered..,”

It is a beautiful  that we have the opportunity to undergo the Rites of the Cult of the Dead, by our workings in the SN and our initiation into the Black Rites that appear in the Urilla Text. In view of our observations, it would seem probable that since the Cult of the Dead existed from pre-historic times, it may shed some light on what civilization is older Egypt or Sumeria since Egypt has a long history and was influenced for centuries by the Cult of the Dead. The Cult of Osiris one example of this. Actually the Mad Arab admits this when he describes these cults in his Second Testimony:

“Beware of  the Cults of Death, and these are the Cult of the Dog, the Cult of the Dragon, and the Cult of the Goat…”

Here the Mad Arab is secretly indicating source that the Initiate of the Black Rites will do well to investigate, to gain a deeper understanding of their work as an Ancient One. We will discuss these groups in our next article


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