Of Masks And Kachinas

Herman Mayfarth grew up in the West and so is familiar with

the Kachina concept in some Native American cultures. The actual kachinas are conceived as supernatural beings. Kachina dancers wear masks to represent the kachinas.

He then quotes Wikipedia

Ceremonial dancers

Many Pueblo Indians, particularly the Hopi and Zuni, have ceremonies in which masked men, called kachinas, play an important role. Masked members of the tribe dress up as kachinas for religious ceremonies that take place many times throughout the year.  … When a Hopi man places a mask upon his head and wears the appropriate costume and body paint, he believes that he has lost his personal identity and has received the spirit of the kachina he is supposed to represent.

We’ve explored masks’ meanings in the occult before; this example from the Pueblo Indians adds further evidence. The kachinas hoped for contact with the demonic world through their masks and dancing.

“But lots of my friends and family wear masks,” you’re protesting. “They honestly buy the propaganda that masks protect them from COVID; it’s not that they’re into the occult. And look at Parson Goat! He forces congregants in his church to muzzle themselves, but good gracious, despite his faults, he’s no idolater of Satan.”

Ah, but remember: “in occult magic, the victim doesn’t have to be knowledgeable of the meaning behind what he or she is being told to do.  The performance of the ritual itself – on demand — is all that matters.”

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5:18 pm on August 11, 2020