Bohemian Bigwigs Perpetuate Canaanite Cult

by Mark Evans
Although the 1992 Republican Convention in Houston touted the virtues of "Family Values," Judeo-Christian civilization, the Bible, and Main Street, in a transparent strategy to equate religion with the Reagan/Bush phenomenon, it is an open secret on the Russian River in Sonoma County, California, that when Reagan and Bush and other Republican movers and shakers meet and let their hair down at the annual summer encampment at Bohemian Grove, another tune is played. The 2900-acre Bohemian Grove, property of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, is situated on the south shore of the Russian River, near Monte Rio.

The roughly 2500 "Bohemians" -bi-partisan in politics, although mostly Republican-constitute the most exclusive men's club in the Western Hemisphere, a Who's Who of corporate board members, bankers, entertainers, faded literati, world-class politicians, and heads of government.

In stark contrast to the warmed-over Moral Majority formula that was mixed and served at the Republican Convention, vacationing Bohemians under the shadow of giant redwoods, hunker down to a difference species of mixed drinks. Family Values are also left behind, or temporarily forgotten, as procurers for both female and male prostitutes "on the river" do a booming business, and the "Bohos" let it all hang out.

But the most jarring contrast of all is the contradiction between the pious hand-over-heart singing of the Star Spangled Banner at Party conventions and the secret ritual that is the real "turn on" for the ruling class habitués of the Grove. For when the rich and powerful "gather at the river," it is not to pray and sing psalms. Every July, the summer encampment at Bohemian Grove is opened with a remarkable commencement ceremony called the Cremation of Care which takes place at the base of a 40-foot owl.

The ceremony . . . involves the burning of an effigy named Dull Care, who symbolizes the burdens and responsibilities these harried Bohemians now wish to shed temporarily. More than 100 Bohemians take part in the ceremony as priests, acolytes, torch bearers, brazier bearers, boatmen, and woodland voices, but despite many flowery speeches, they can't get the fire started. . . the perplexed Bohemians must turn to the mighty Owl for advice: "O thou, great symbol of all mortal wisdom, Owl of Bohemia, we do beseech thee, grant us thy counsel," intones the High Priest. An aura of light creates a glow around the Owl's head, and then the big bird reveals its wisdom. The High Priest must light the pyre with the flame from the Lamp of Fellowship, located conveniently enough on the "Altar of Bohemia" at the base of the Shrine . . . -William Domhoff, The Progressive,

January 1981

The "priests, acolytes, and torch bearers" are clad in red and orange hooded robes resembling the hooded regalia of the Ku Klux Klan

Jack Ånderson, writing in the Sunday supplement, Parade Magazine, February 22, 1981, disarmingly stated, ". . . the participants in this strange ceremony were not part of a secret conspiracy or far-out cult that had infiltrated the nation's power structure. They were simply enjoying a midsummer frolic at the world's most exclusive summer camp. . . ."

Should the Cremation of Care ceremony so quickly be dismissed, given its occult nature and historical antecedents? This ceremony resembles the ancient Canaanite worship of the idol, Molech. Like the Owl of Bohemia, the ancient Ammonite idol Molech was a towering larger-than-life edifice. Whereas the Owl is solid, the bronze Molech was hollow. Molech worship consisted of the ritualized sacrifice of the first-born infant son of every Ammonite newlywed family. Building a fire in the belly of the beast until the flames poured out of the mouth, the high priest mounted a scaffold and tossed the first-born male child into an aperture in Molech's chest, to the incantation of drums and droned liturgy of the priests of Molech.

Technically, Owl worship, as it is practiced at the Grove, is somewhat different from Molech worship. Peter Weiss, writing in Spy Magazine, November 1989, states, "Bohemian Club literature . . . boosts that the Cremation of Care ceremony derives from Druid rites, medieval Christian liturgy, the Book of Common Prayer, Shakespearean drama, and nineteenth-century American lodge rites." Is this the straight goods, or is it PR sugar coating of a darker sacrificial rite, terrifying even on a symbolic level?

John DeCamp's book, The Franklin Cover-Up, includes Paul Bonacci's testimony about a snuff film of a child being murdered on July 26, 1984 in California in "an area that had big trees." At a meeting in Santa Rosa, DeCamp told a group that he had edited out Bonacci's references to an enormous, moss-covered owl and men in hooded red robes because he not know then about the owl at the Grove and thought it "too far fetched for people to believe." In the fall of 1992, Paul Bonacci was shown a black and white photo of the moss-covered owl at the Grove and quickly identified it as the site of the July 1984 snuff film described in DeCamp's book. Although this testimony has been available to law enforcement officials since mid-October 1992, no official investigation has been made. A casket christened "Dull Care" and borne, like the passing of Arthur, in a boat across the lake could be a symbol, also, not only of "cares of the world," but of caring itself. The denizens of the Grove, as a collective body, are the ruling class and upper echelon bagmen who make and orchestrate war-the modern Molech. It would make sense to immolate caring, conscience and the consequences of their business transactions, lest they take responsibility for millions of souls around the globe whose lives have been affected by wars of Yankee Imperialism in the twentieth century.

The existence of a pagan cult of sacrifice among the power elite at Bohemian Grove contradicts the media portrayal of a Republican Party "taken over" by the Moral Majority right-wing. The Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells have not taken over the Republican Party because the power elite-amoral and always bi-partisan-have been using the religious right as "useful idiots," to borrow Lenin's phrase, in the longterm manipulation of the masses into accepting the "New Paradigm," which is nothing more than the social liturgy of the high priests of the New World Order. They would willingly sacrifice the whole world on the altar of economic hegemony of multinational cartels.

The world that the plutocrats are attempting to bring to birth is far more Babylonian and pagan than Christian. The twenty-year alliance between the Christian right and the Republican Party, so useful in its day in accomplishing the economic agenda of the power elite during the Reagan-Bush years, is being turned on its head and used as another kind of asset by the manipulators of the dialectic. The religious right, who by their silence and approval of the Iran-Contra and the Gulf War, were complicit in the genocidal policies of Reagan-Bush, will increasingly become the fall guys and flack men for their ruling class masters, as the dialecticians maneuver the armies of the night into the battle formations of the Final Conflict.

The ruling class is certain that by convincing the Left and the Christian Right that each other is the main enemy, they can orchestrate a crescendo of conflict between both camps, knock both out, and eliminate substantial sectors of resistance to the New World Order in the process. The denizens of the Grove are well aware of the critical path of the decade of the nineties. After inducing the various elements of the opposition to fall upon each other, they expect to be able to continue their sacrifices in peace, in their corporate-feudal Shangri-La, the new world they are earnestly bringing to birth, the new age in which ritual sacrificing of live humans shall be considered normal and healthy.

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