Term Paper Title: Enochian Scripture
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Should Enochian Scripture and the Necronomicon be considered as a true
religion, or just another offshoot of Satanism, cult?
The Necronomicon is closest documented translation of the original
Enochian scripture, the Necronomicon Manuscript. The Necronomicon was first
translated in Damascus in 730 A.D. by Abdul Alhazred.
The Necronomicon, is not, as popularly believed, a grimoire, or
sorceror's spell-book; it was conceived as a history, and so "a book of things
now dead and gone". An alternative derivation of the word Necronomicon gives as
its meaning "the book of the customs of the dead", but again this is consistent
with the book's original conception as a history, not as a work of necromancy.
But the author shared with Madame Blavatsky, who has a magpie-like tendency to
gather and stitch together fact, rumor, speculation, and complete balderdash,
and the result is a vast and almost unreadable array of near-nonsense which
bears more than a superficial resemblance to Blavatsky's "Secret Doctrine".
In times past the book has been referred to as "Al Azif", or "The Book of the
Arab". Azif is a word the Arabs use to refer to nocturnal insects, but it is
also a reference to the howling of demons. It was written in seven volumes, and
is over 900 pages long in the Latin edition. Abdul Alhazred
Little is known about Abdul Alhazred. What we do know about him is
largely from the small amount of biographical information in the Necronomicon
itself. He traveled widely, from Alexandria to the Punjab, and was well
educated. He had a flair for languages, and boasts on many occasions of his
ability to read and translate manuscripts which many lesser scholars could not
Just as Nostradamus used ritual magic to see into the future, so
Alhazred used similar techniques (and an incense composed of olibanum, storax,
dictamnus, opium and hashish) to clarify the past, and it is this, combined with
a lack of references, which resulted in the Necronomicon being dismissed as
largely worthless by historians.
He is often referred to as "the mad Arab", and while he was certainly
eccentric by modern standards, there is no evidence to support a claim of
madness. He is better compared with figures such as the Greek philosopher
Proclus (410-485 A.D.), who was completely at home in astronomy, mathematics,
philosophy, and metaphysics, but was well educated in the magical techniques of
theurgy to evoke Hekate to visible appearance; he was also a founder of Egyptian
and Chaldean mystery religions. It is no accident that Alhazred was very
familiar with the works of Proclus. What is The Necronomicon?
Alhazred appears to have had access to many sources now lost, and events
which are only hinted at in the "Book of Genesis" or the alleged "Book of Enoch",
or disguised as mythology in other sources, are explored in great detail.
Alhazred may have used magical techniques to clarify the past, but he also
shared with 5th. century B.C. Greek writers such as Thucydides a critical mind
and a willingness to explore the meanings of mythological and sacred stories.
His speculations are remarkably modern, and this may account for his current
popularity: he believed that many species besides...
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