Enchanted Moura

It’s Official: The Medieval Portuguese Term For “Moor” Meant Divine Being

Please Note: The following article is an excerpt from the book titled BuddhaNomicon: The Simon Necronomicon Unveiled Through The Art of Ninzuwu, which is centered upon the themes of Moorish Alchemy, properly called Ninzuwu. It was during my research for the text that I came upon historical and references that the Portuguese term for Moor, namely mouros, was used by those of the medieval era and found in its description that it was used synonymously for a divine being. Members of the Moorish Science Temple of America and adherents of other avenues of Moorish thought, as well as occultists will find this breakthrough beneficial for understanding how the term Moor has been used historically. 

An Enchanted Moura

Besides the Jinn, Nagas, and the Tengu, we have another “cultural title” which is used to describe a race of entities that is integral in understanding the workings of the Simon Necronomicon and ultimately, Ninzuwu. They are called the Moors.

These Moors appear in the writings of Kenneth Grant. Before we delve further into this topic, we must first clarify that although the term Moor is often held as being synonymous with being a Muslim, history reveals that the strength and power of the historical Moors was nothing less than Moorish Sorcery, often dubbed Moorish Science. Published in 1891, Literary Digest, Volume 2, reveals the importance of the “cult” from Arabia, in their preservation of civilization, now operating under the guise of the Moors:

“The Arabs took up and extended the sciences of the Greeks which had become lost; added algebra to the mathematics; a new and perfect law to the political science; fixed the rights, not only of women, but of slaves. The land was made safe for travel. A little later the Moorish statesmen gave lessons to European rulers, and Moorish scientists taught science to the wise men of Europe. “

While many scholars align the rise of Moorish technology in Europe as an Islamic affair, other historical accounts speak of the complexities of Moorish witchcraft. History reveals that Moorish warlocks and witches held much disdain for the religion of Islam. Published in 1937, Montague Summers in the classic work, A Popular History of Witchcraft, describes a Moorish ritual in the following words:

“A curious parallel is noted by Dr. Francoise Legey. On the night of the Achoura, the tenth day of Ramadan, in order to renew their magical powers, at the bidding of Eblis (the devil) the Moorish sorcerers secretly penetrate into the mosques and pollute the mat of the Imam. They make their ablutions with sour milk and urinate upon the Koran. They also foul the tafedna, the reservoirs of warm water in the public baths. They then hold their Sabbat with vile rites in a cemetery.”

Kenneth Grant, a Typhonian magician who was a direct student of Aleister Crowley, cites the realities of the Moorish sorcerers and their relationship with Iblis in two of his writings:

“107 is a number of Ablis or Eblis, the ‘devil’ of the Moorish sorcerers, and an anagram of S’lba. It is also the number of Maion and of Nu-Maat, the complement of Nu-Isis.” – (Outer Gateways)

“The feminine substance at the base of these ancient notions is revealed also in the number 51, ‘Matter’, MAAT, and its reflex, TAAM, the ‘accursed food’ of the Moorish sorcerers, for 51 is the number of Azazel, leader of the angels or ‘watchers’ who “lay with the daughters of men”.  – (Beyond The Muave Zone)

It is very possible that the Moors described by Grant would also include the Mouros, due to their association with Iblis. Under the topic, Mouros, Wikipedia describes this subterranean race of the Moorish era:

“According to GalicianAsturian and Portuguese mythology, the Mouros are a race of supernatural beings that inhabited the lands of Galicia, Asturias and Portugal since the beginning of time. For unknown reasons they were forced to take refuge under the earth, and now they are usually seen by people in the surroundings of castros and long barrows. “

Mouros is Portuguese for Moors, or Moorish. Known as Enchanted Mouros, the history of the term Moor is similar to the word Aryan. In other words, these terms originally referred to a “divine quality” in man, (i.e. Aryan means noble) and were later co-opted into racial descriptions.  For example, in Portuguese texts such as Portugal, Mundo dos Mortos e das Mouras Encantadas – Volume I by Fernanda Frazao and Gabriela Morais, we find the following characteristics and definition of a Moor:

“and this also one of the reasons in the current misconception base between enchanted Moorish and Muslim ethnicity. .. a clear confusion between …who was here in medieval times and the mythical beings of traditions….The Moors (or their obvious derivative Moors / Giant and mourinhos delighted) are the essential elements of what we consider to be the ‘hardcore’ of such narratives, …. above all, supernatural beings (mythical) that, as such, have magical powers. It can transform their habitat, cave, rock or pit, in rich and luxurious palaces, offer goldThese data further draw the indication that the Moorish / Moorish root word may have had as meaning precisely “supernatural being.” Many of the features and power of the enchanted Moorish are attributed to witches, so persecuted by the Inquisition  …

Most often, the enchanted Moorish are gentle maidens who transform into a snake, or have half-woman, half-snake, or are, at the outset, a serpent….the night is the natural backdrop for the usual meeting of gods of the underworld lords, or for an assembly inhabitants of Moorish and Moorish masters of the underworld …. whose hands are invisible – the water for stones of libations (the bones of Mother Earth) or of the bodies, the sun noise to make raising water, or the sound of rain falling, the gathering and the precautions for part of being mortal, when before supernatural phenomena and, yet, the symbolism of the three”

Unfortunately, it is not popularly known even among modern Moorish scientists that the term Moor originally was used to refer to a supernatural being. Nor is it popularly known that a Moor is a jinn-like creature often appearing near water wells, rivers, and possesses a form similar to that of a naga. Even in the information cited above, we see an acknowledgment over the confusion between the history of an ethnic group called Moors, the Enchanted Moors, and Moorish Sorcerers, some of whom were capable of miraculous undertakings.  There are also the Moorish maidens of a supernatural sort. They are called Enchanted Moura, according to a Wikipedia article under this subject, we read:

“According to ancient lore, they are the souls of young maidens who were left guarding the treasures that the mouros encantados (enchanted mouros) hid before heading to the Mourama. The legends describe the mouras encantadas as young maidens of great beauty or as charming princesses who are “dangerously seductive” …

They appear as guardians of the pathways into the earth and of the “limit” frontiers where it was believed that the supernatural could manifest itself. Mouras encantadas are magical maidens who guard castles, caves, bridges, wells, rivers, and treasures. José Leite de Vasconcelos considered as a possibility that the mouras encantadas may have had assimilated the characteristics of local deities, such as nymphs and spirits of nature. Consiglieri Pedroso also referred to the mouras encantadas as “feminine water genies”.

It was this race of supernatural beings called Moors, known also as the Jinn, Nagas, and Tengu, that were responsible for imparting the “Necronomicon” to the Mad Arab of the Simon tome. It is with this knowledge that we are able to dispel one blind of the Simon Necronomicon mysteries, in that the power of the tome is held within what is known as Jinn Science and not the reinvention of an ancient religion.

We must remember that the source of the Mad Arab’s knowledge came from a race of supernatural beings called Moors. We can ascertain this by comparing the Mad Arab’s experience with that of the Moor. The Mad Arab writes:

“From beneath the floating rock, out of the very ground where it had sat, came rising the tail of a serpent. This serpent was surely larger than any I had ever seen. The thinnest section thereof was fully that of the arms of two men, and as it rose from the earth it was followed by another, although the end of the first was not seen as it seemed to reach down into the very Pit itself.”

The Mad Arab’s experience resembles that of an Enchanted Moorish maiden. The Fortnightly Review (1889) Volume 52, describes an account pertaining to this mistress of the spiritual realms in the following words:

“In the Castle of Torre-de-Dona-Chama, in the wild mountains of Traz os Montes, is an enchanted well. Here the Moorish maiden has appeared more than once. She is seen in likeness of a woman to the waist; thence her form ends in serpent’s coils. So appearing once to a young peasant of the neighbourhood she offered him wealth untold if he would disenchant her. To do so he must consent to let her put off all likeness of a woman’s shape and come to him as a serpent, and clasp him and coil herself round his body. He agreed, but when she began to wind her cold, scaly folds round him and a serpent’s head came near his face, a horror came upon him and he struck the seeming reptile with a club in his hand. Then the creature fell down glided away, a serpent till, but speaking with a women’s voice, and she cried out that the spell upon her was now made doubly strong.”

The identity of the Moors as supernatural beings is identical to the Jinn, Nagas, and the Tengu, among other races existing outside of human society. While falling under different cultural terms and slightly different descriptions this group of supernatural beings are of the same race, that being Ninzuwu. This principle of universality is found in the writings of the Mad Arab of the Simon Necronomicon:

“I have traveled beneath the Seas, in search of the Palace of Our Master, and found the stone of monuments of vanquished civilizations, and deciphered the writings of some of these; while still others remain mysteries to any man who lives. And these civilizations were destroyed because of the knowledge contained in this book.”

The Mad Arab’s journey gave him access to unknown kingdoms and vanquished civilizations who were said to have utilized the same knowledge found in the Book of the Black Earth, as the Mad Arab describes it, or the Necronomicon. As mentioned earlier, the tome’s technology is not based on a particular cultural religion that was found in Mesopotamia, but that of a secret cult, which was prevalent in other civilizations and that of “vanquished” cultures. This truth can be easily determined once we understand the identity of the historical figure known as the Mad Arab.

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  1. This take is inaccurate and I hope it is not dishonest in intent.

    Tl;dr: The term “moura” and “moura encantada” descendes from “Moor” which literally means “black” in Latin and is used today in names such as “Mauritania” (land of the blacks), “Mauro” (dark-looking) or “Mauricio” (same but Spanish). The term came in the 8th century.

    The term “Moor” stems from the Latin word for “black”, as in the color black, and from that sense also does come the word “Mauritania” (land of blacks) to designate the country of the same name. It is from here that islamized indigenous people migrated in the eight century a.C. to Spain, land which was by then under the Arab dominion and would remain as such for long.

    These people were called Moors for the simple reason that they were ethnically and visibly distinct from the now resident Arabs, and it is a term that is often used today to designate any person hailing from Africa that holds muslim beliefs. It is also a point of conflict with people of today’s Morocco who find the term pejorative, not only when used against them, but reject it based on how they are mostly descended from Arab stock, and refuse to be put together with what they perceive as vastly different North African people (Berbers and other).

    The term “moura” that you describe as being the origin for “Moor” actually stems from the word Moor itself, as it is firmly believed across the Iberian Peninsula that a lot of Muslim maidens commited sucidie due to either social pressure, isolation or the threat of impending doom when Spain entered a phase of re-conquest, where Christian forces expelled by sword the ruling Muslim class. Additionally, it is also believed these “mouras” or “moras encantadas” in my native tongue, either remained haunting those places by sheer willpower, demonic pacts (anything that isn’t Chrisitan is by default demonc and evil to some narrow minds) or by being murdered due to a forbidden love, usually by parents or betrothed, when found out to having an affair with people outside of islamic ties.

    Either way I hope this isn’t a veiled black-supremacist rant, like the recent trending that many black practitioners tend to think that sorcery is “exclusive” to them, or “melanated”, as if the Western world has not a rich and ancient story prior to its Christianization.

    Yours truly,

    -333

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  2. Thanks for your comment. To answer your question, this post was written in all sincerity and I am well-aware of all the info you have cited and for quite some time. However, being a shaman, I am referring to the occult application of the term Moor, which is sometimes used to represent beings similar to the Jinn. For example, in the classic work A Permeability of Boundaries? bu Robert J. Wallis, and ‎Kenneth Lymer – Page 76, we read the following:

    “Enchanted Moors References to an ancestral past are recurrently associated with mythical entities – the ‘Moors’. In northern … They are supernatural beings submitted to the magic sleep and the guardians of amazing treasures.”

    Also, we find in Representation of Blacks in Medieval German Literature and Art by Catherine Theresa Johnson, we read on page 107:

    “This “Moor-like” wild man is thus portrayed as having great supernatural powers; powers so great that they are compared to the powers of God over creation.”

    Another reference to the enchanted moura brings this point completely to surface. In the book Portugal: Third Edition by Jay Heale, ‎Angeline Koh, ‎Elizabeth Schmermund it states on page 88:

    “The enchanted moura are part of a race of mouros, supernatural guardians who have populated Portugal since the beginning of time. Stories of these supernatural beings are thought to have been handed down from the original Celtic tribes that inhabited theIberisn Peninsula before the Romans.”

    The knowledge of the moura ultimately came from the Celts and to answer your question, I don’t believe thst your rant is a black-supremacist one. However, what I do believe is that black people, those Moors lost so much when they fell out of touch with their shamanic roots

    -Warlock Asylum

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  3. I see now the error of my thinking and how the presence of foreigners shaped the myth and belief in Europe, be them black or not, and how the imposition of Islamic monotheism has indeed affected black people for the worse. Especially when you take into account the keen astrological knowledge of the Berber peoples or the uncanny astronomical knowledge of the Dogon, considering it took modern science to ascertain what they have known for so long!

    Thank you for everything, Warlock Asylum.

    -333

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