“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"Hitler Hex Party" 1941

“On the wet windy evening of January 22, a youthful band of idealists went to a lonely cabin in the Maryland woods.”

Thus begins one of the odder stories LIFE magazine ever published — a straightforward, tongue-nowhere-near-cheek account of a 1941 “hex party” convened with one aim in mind: “to kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation.” According to LIFE, the party featured “a dressmaker’s dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,” and was inspired by a book by occultist and writer William Seabrook that was popular at the time: Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.

Witchcraft or no witchcraft, these Nazi-haters knew how to party.

Revelers make their way to a "Hitler hex party" in the Maryland Woods, 1941.

"For an hour after their arrival," LIFE drily noted, "the young sorcerers bedeviled themselves with rum." Inspired by his writings, they had also asked Seabrook to join them at the cabin. "He readily accepted, seeing in the event a chance not only to test his theories, but also to render a service to mankind." Above: Chief Hexer Ted Caldwell intones an incantation. On the right, in dark shirt and tie, is Seabrook himself, while the star of the show, Hitler's effigy, sits with its back to the window.

William Seabrook adjusts the rented West Indian robe worn by (in LIFE's words) "dark handsome" Florence Birdseye and shows her how to dress her hair for the hexing ceremony. Seabrook was something of a high-profile wild man during his brief career as a best-selling author, hanging out with the likes of Aleister Crowley and famously chronicling his travel adventures -- as, for example, when he dined with West African cannibals. "It was like good, fully developed veal," he wrote of his first taste of human flesh, "not young, but not yet beef ... and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted."

The tom-tom drums were borrowed, LIFE noted, from the U.S. Department of the Interior. "No cultists, [the hexers] were respectable residents of Washington, D.C.," LIFE wrote. The Maryland cabin where the hexing took place belonged to one Charles Tupper, who worked in a Naval factory. Above: Seabrook demonstrates the proper tom-tom rhythm for a legitimate hex, while Florence Birdseye -- of the Birdseye frozen-food family -- keeps the beat on the right.

Florence Birdseye chants above the Hitler effigy. "The ritual," LIFE wrote, "prepared by Mr. Seabrook, began with the naming of the image: 'You are Hitler; Hitler is you!' Next the chief hexer intoned: 'The woes that come to you, let it come to him!'"

Florence Birdseye directs a curse at Hitler's (or rather, his effigy's) reputedly sensitive throat. According to the LIFE article: "The chief hexer again intoned: 'Hitler! You are the enemy of man and of the world; therefore we curse you. We curse you by every tear and drop of blood you have caused to flow. We curse you with the curses of all who have cursed you ...!' After each line the entire group responded: 'We curse you!'"

Hexers approach the enemy, weapons at the ready.

"Nails in eyes induce insomnia," LIFE reported. "As she jabs, Ruth Davis croons: 'Burn Hitler's eyes! Keep them open night and day! Kill his rest!'"

A small Hitler doll is confronted with a chicken bone -- according to Seabrook, a "symbol of famine." Dolls like the one Florence Birdseye holds in this shot "may be bought at any 5 and 10¢ store," LIFE helpfully informed its readers.

"The occult ceremony climaxes as hexers hammer nails into the heart and throat of the image of Hitler," LIFE reported. "The hexers called on the pagan deity, Istan, to transmit the image's wounds to the flesh of the living Hitler ... chanting in unison: 'We are driving nails and needles into Adolf Hitler's heart!'"

"Thoroughly maltreated, thoroughly cursed," read the caption that accompanied this picture in the February 10, 1941 issue of LIFE, "Hitler's image lies amid ceremonial debris. Logs served as seats to hexers according to Haitian custom."

As William Seabrook looks on, "decapitation terminates the brief life span of Adolf Hitler's dummy." Seabrook -- who struggled with alcoholism and at one point was committed, by his own request, to a mental hospital outside of New York City -- committed suicide in September, 1945.

"Hitler is buried in deep pine woods to be devoured by worms," wrote LIFE of this final image in the article. "After burial, hexers were exhausted by compounded impact of drums, ritual, emotion." And booze. Don't forget the booze.

Read more: http://life.time.com/curiosities/putting-a-hex-on-hitler-1941/#ixzz1s5WbRxXn 


Hadding said...

In his short essay "The Seabrook Theory" (subtitled "Why Movement Fags Hate Harold Covington"), Covington claims that he was advised of "the homosexual clique that actually runs things in this country, and not just in our Movement" by a "genuinely wealthy" "elderly gentleman" named "Bill Seabrook." Covington almost certainly had in mind William Buehler Seabrook, a famous writer and adventurer who had worked for H.L. Mencken and would have been 94 years old in 1980 -- if he hadn't killed himself in 1945. Covington says that he was at liberty to mention Seabrook as the source of the revelation "because he's long dead now" -- probably much longer than Covington realizes.


JDS said...

Harold Covington is a fucking retard.