Baphomet在流行文化 (3)

Baphomet在流行文化 (3)
Baphomet In Popular Culture
Secret Arcana
Translation by Autumnson Blog

Mostly due to the influence of Aleister Crowley and Anton Lavey on popular culture, references to Baphomet can be found throughout popular culture. In some cases, such as with heavy metal bands, the references are rather clear and unequivocal – these bands in no way conceal the influence of these schools of occultism on their imagery. Here are some examples:
大多是由於Aleister克勞利和安東 Lavey在流行文化上的影響 ,Baphomet的引用可發現於整個流行文化。在某些情況下例如重金屬樂隊,所引用的是相當清晰和毫不含糊 - 這些樂隊絲毫不掩飾在他們的圖像上這些神秘主義學校的影響力。有一些例子:
Death Metal Band Behemoth – Cover of Zos Kia Cultus
死亡金屬樂隊巨獸 - Zos Kia Cultus的封面
Death metal band The Black Dalia Murder – Album cover of Ritual.
死亡金屬樂隊黑達莉亞謀殺 - 儀式的專輯封面。
Marilyn Manson – Anti-Christ Superstar album cover
瑪麗蓮夢露 - 敵基督超級巨星的專輯封面
Rammstein’s Pussy refers to the androgyny of Baphomet. The second guy from the right also does the “As Above So Below” hand sign.

In mainstream (“corporate”) pop culture the references are a lot more vague and concealed. Aimed at a younger crowd, the references are existent but, probably not recognized and understood consciously by most of the audience. Here are some examples.
Lady Gaga加加夫人
Pop singer Kerli.
Screen shot from the popular online game Ragnarok.
Album cover of “Baphomet” by Kiichi

Many more obscure references can be found by those “who have eyes to see”.

In Conclusion
Baphomet is a composite creation symbolic of alchemical realization through the union of opposite forces. Occultists believe that, through the mastery of life force, one is able to produce magick and spiritual enlightenment. Eliphas Levi’s depiction of Baphomet included several symbols alluding to the raising of the kundalini – serpentine power – which ultimately leads to the activation of the pineal gland, also known as the “third eye”. So, from an esoteric point of view, Baphomet represents this occult process.
Baphomet是一個合成的創作,象徵著煉金術通過相反力量聯盟的實現。神秘學者相信,透過生命力量的掌握,一個人能夠產生麼法和精神啟蒙。 Eliphas列維的 Baphomet描寫包括了幾個符號,暗指昆達里尼 - 蛇紋石力量 - 的冒起,那最終導致松果體、也被稱為“第三只眼”的活化。所以,從深奧的角度看,Baphomet代表這神秘學的過程。
However, over time the symbol has come to signify much more than its esoteric meaning. Through controversies, Baphomet became, depending of the point of view, a representation of everything that is good in occultism or everything that is evil in occultism. It is, in fact, the ultimate “scapegoat”, the face of witchcraft, black magick and Satanism. The fact that the symbol is rather monstrous and grotesque has probably helped propel the symbol to its level of infamy as it never fails to shock organized religions while attracting those who rebel against them.

Since gaining widespread recognition in popular culture, the image of Baphomet is now used as a symbol of anything regarding occultism and ritualism. In corporate-owned mass media, which has ties with secret societies, the figure of Baphomet appears in the oddest places, often to audiences too young to understand the occult reference (Secret Arcana’s sister site Vigilant Citizen documents the occurrences of Baphomet and other occult symbols in music videos, movies and fashion). Is Baphomet used in pop culture as a symbol of the power of the occult elite over the ignorant masses?

After centuries of myths, hoaxes, propaganda and disinformation on both sides of the spectrum, can we truly answer the the original question posed by this article: “Who is Baphomet?”. Is it a symbol of Satan or of spiritual enlightenment? Is it a symbol of good or evil? The answer lies within the symbol itself: It is both. In Egyptian mythology, Toth Hermes was a mediating power between good and evil, making sure neither had a decisive victory over the other. Baphomet represents the accomplishment on this cosmic task on a very small scale, within oneself. Once perfect equilibrium is attained on a personal level, the occult initiate can point one hand towards the heavens and one hand towards the earth and pronounce this hermetic axiom which reverberated through millenniums: “As Above, So Below”.


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