Is the Black Mass a Christian Rite?

In my latest book, Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled, co-written with Alexander Rivera, we traced the history of all of the ideas currently connected to the figure of Baphomet, the allegedly worshipped in blasphemous rituals by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. In the course of our research, it became necessary to reexamine the early history of Christianity. Among other things, we noted that the way in which some anti-Christian Roman chroniclers described the “Agape feasts” of early Christian sects sounded more similar to descriptions of the Satanic Black Mass or the Witches’ Sabbath rather than what we think of now as the traditional Eucharist celebration, as they reportedly involved intoxication, orgies, infant sacrifice and cannibalism. It is now thought that these chroniclers were probably mixing up in their minds reports on the activities of both Christian groups, Gnostic Christian groups, and non-Christian Gnostic groups, not being able to tell the difference. Perhaps, though, the differences were not quite as great as modern Christians would like to think.agape_feast_02-1964742

The Agape feast

Another thing we wrote about in that book was the presence of a great many medieval churches in Europe containing idols and other artwork sporting what could only be called Priapian symbolism. We even noted that there is a bust of a rooster with a penis for a nose called “The Savior of the World” that was once on display in a museum at the Vatican. We talked a great deal about Dionysian symbolism that seems quite obviously incorporated into the mythology and imagery associated with both Jesus and John the Baptist. We also theorized that the “Baptism of Wisdom” (a translation of the name “Baphomet,” thought to refer to one of the Templars’ secret rituals) most likely refers to a concept expressed in the fourth Hermetic discourse between Hermes and Tat, as discussed in this excerpt. But, we suggested, as per the accusations against them, the Templars may have been practicing a darker version of the Baptism, involving orgies and child sacrifice, just like the alleged Black Masses and Witches’ Sabbaths. In fact, we suggested that the accusations against the Templars have greatly influenced the development of both the popular conception of Satanism, and the Satanic groups themselves.


“The Saviour of the World,” once on display at the Vatican.

With the task of finally finishing that monstrous book behind me, I finally permitted myself last month to take the time to do something I’ve been meaning to do for two years. I finally read Volume I of Anatoly Fomenko’s History: Fiction or Science?. In it, the Russian mathematician theorizes that the chronology of history is greatly flawed. He says that most of what we think of as “ancient” history is fake. Basically, he claims that the stories that we have from the ancient world are really just garbled versions of things that happened in medieval Europe. He also says that the “Dark Ages” never happened, and that this explains why so many of the alleged literary works from the ancient world can be found now only in the form of translations that were made in the Renaissance, with the originals lost. He says that there was never such a long stretch of time in which the great cities of Rome and Athens collapsed into ruin, men forgot the basics of science, and everybody lost interest in art and literature. This, he says, is a fabrication meant to cover up the erroneous nature of ancient history, itself a result of mistakes made by a handful of people (central among them sixteenth century theologian and chronologist Joseph Scaliger), which were then covered up deliberately by academics with a vested interest in keeping this flawed understanding of chronology as the accepted version. Among his more radical claims, Fomenko says that Jesus was actually born in what we think of as the twelfth century.

Fomenko is not the first to theorize that the Dark Ages never happened. In 1986 the German Heribert Illig wrote about what is called the “Phantom Time Hypothesis,” evidence of which, he claimed, could be found when looking at the Gregorian calendar reform (see the video below). Immanuel Velikovsky had suggested something similar in 1952’s Ages in Chaos. When we open yourself up to the possibility of rearranging the chronology of history, it then becomes possible to build an entirely Christ-centric view of history. That is indeed what Fomenko has done. Many have noted the similarity between the figure of Jesus and other gods of the ancient world, such as Dionysus, Osiris, Tammuz, Mithras and Krishna. Often this is cited as evidence of the fraudulent nature of the Church, accused of “stealing” the biographies of pagan gods. But in Fomenko’s world-view, it’s the other way around: all these other gods just represent Jesus, and they probably came about at around the same time. He writes:

If we step aside from Scaligerian chronology, we shall see that all of these parallels indicate the simultaneity of these cults, whose differences are merely a consequence of the ethnic distinctives of their localization. All of them probably hail back to the same common source — that is they are a reflection of the life and deeds of Jesus Christ in the XII century A.D.

His radical view is the only thing I have seen that makes perfect sense of a conundrum I have dealt with in my research for decades: the fact that Christianity and traditions labeled “pagan” or even “Satanic” seem to have a common origin. When it comes to the Black Mass and the Witches’ Sabbath, Fomenko comes right out and says what I’ve been thinking for some time:

According to the experts in the history of religions, the Western European Christians of the Middle Ages had . . . religious rituals including nocturnal congregations called “agapes,” or “nights of love.” Despite the efforts of the late medieval and modern commentators to convince us that these Christian “love suppers” involved nothing but “comradely libations” and “platonic cordialities,” the initial meaning of the word “agape” reveals something completely different. As N.A. Morozov duly remarks, the correct Greek word for fraternal love is “philia,” whereas “agape” is solely used for erotic love.

Therefore the “agapes” have most probably merely been the way Christians referred to the medieval Western European baccanals of the Dionysian cult with all of their orgiastic attributes–the attributes considered “extremely ancient” nowadays. . . .

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The medieval descriptions of the infamous “diabiolic sabbats” in Western Europe must have been based on the same archetypal “agape” Baccanals as mentioned above, but these have already been declared “a creation of the devil.” Let us remind the reader that dissolute orgiastic excesses had been a notable feature of the agapes or sabbats (according to Scaligerian history). Quite naturally, the new “reformed” Western European church conveniently delegated the responsibility for the agapes (or sabbats, or Baccanals) to “the devil” in order to smother all recollections of the recent Bacchic Christian past in the congregation. The people’s own history was thus ruthlessly severed and attributed to a “different religion” or even to “the devil.”

This matches up precisely with something that my former colleague Nicholas De Vere once wrote in his book The Dragon Legacy: The Secret History of an Ancient Bloodline. In De Vere’s worldview, the Black Mass is: “. . .the original mass of Jesus which the Catholics later stole and sanitized for public consumption. . . .” Also, he wrote:

. . . Royal Witchcraft, or Witchcraft proper, from the early Dark Ages onwards owes as much to its clearly Christian as it does to its direct Druidic, origins. Both, in their original form, and in the publicly disseminated opinion of the Catholic popes, were and are Satanic. Jesus’ heredity, and the descent of the Druidic dynasties both derived from an identical Dragon nascence that the Roman Catholics decided was devilish, because the descent of both bloodlines was from the Sumerian Enki who was the Akkadian Samael; the Roman Lucifer and thus the Catholic Satan. In Jesus’ case the Roman church, as do all outsiders who know they are onto a good thing, sanitized his rituals and concealed his descent. All those who continued to follow Jesus’ original teachings–like the witches–they burned as ‘heretics’. . . .




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The Witches’ Sabbath

Certain rites that early Christians were found to be celebrating, which were then forbidden by the church, included those calls “the Feast of the Mad,” the “Feast of the Innocent,” and “the Feast of the Ass.” These have been compared in symbolism to the Black Mass, in that they contain what seems to be mocking imitation of Catholic rituals. However, Fomenko again theorizes that they were not making fun of Jesus but rather celebrating him in authentic form.


An illustration from Juliette by the Marquis De Sade demonstrating the Black Mass

All this brings us back to the question of the Templars. As we show in the book, the Templars confessed to such things as spitting on the cross, kissing each others butts and penises, and taking an oath not to refuse each others’ homosexual advances, all as part of their initiation rite. They confessed to this twice, once to the French government, and once to the Pope, according to the Church’s own document recently found in the Vatican archives called the Chinon Parchment. According to this document, the Pope then assigned the knights minor penance and absolvedthem. Modern Christians would think such practices unforgivable, but the Pope was ready to send the knights out on a new Crusade, had the King of France not had them executed instead. The king had also accused the previous Pope, Boniface VIII, of witchcraft, and exhumed his body so that it could be tried of this charge.


Depiction of the death of Boniface in a 15th-century manuscript of Boccaccio’s De Casibus.

Obviously the French crown viewed the Church itself as a hotbed of heresy, and, being more powerful than the church at the time, France had forced the church headquarters to be moved to Avignon rather than Rome, so that they could keep a close eye on the situation. Obviously Fomenko’s rearranged chronology, with Jesus not appearing until the twelfth century, doesn’t exactly mesh with the accepted history of the Templars, who had their beginnings at just the start of that century. But let us consider this: is it possible that Christianity was an entirely different animal at the time that the Templars were founded? Is it possible that their initiation rites, having much in common with the Black Mass and the Witches’ Sabbath, were not considered unusual at the time, but fell out of practice as time went on, and eventually became an embarrassment that had to be denied as Christianity morphed into our current sanitized version? Is this the real reason why the French crown persecuted them while the Church tried to protect them?


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