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12 WITCHCRAFT IN FRANCE GAINING IN ADHERENTS Sorcery, Black Magic and Devil Worship Have Followers By N. REYNOLDS PACKARD United Press Staff Correspondent PARIS.--(UP)--A survival of sorcery and black masses which were practiced in the days of Cagliostro and the Marquis de Sade, is now sweeping many parts of Prance. Following the enforced departure, some months ago, of Aleister Crowley, known here as the High Priest of Black Magic, frequent classes of devil worship have come to the attention of the French police The most popular rendezvous of these votaries of Satan is said to be in the Fontainbleau forests, some 50 miles from Paris, where on moonlight nights mystic rites are started as a distant clock strikes twelve. Although these ceremonies occur in various parts of the country, it is said they are all carried out the same manner. A circle is generally drawn -in which the worshippers gather on their knees after making cabalistic signs on the ground before them. Then bowls incense are lighted and the priest, standing before a candle-lit altar, invokes the evil spirtts. As a rule the invocations are blasphemous in the extreme. Hymns of praise are .sung to the devil. Then the Mephistophelian one is asked to bestow worldly riches upon his followers or to fulfill their sinful desires. In return they promise to give him souls for eternal damnation. PACTS SIGNED IN BLOOD One of the strangest phases of this devil-worship is the almost legal form it sometimes takes. There are many cases in which pacts with Satan are written out foolscap in documentary style and formally signed in blood. A noted French lawyer, Maurice Garcon, in a recent address before the Paris Institute of Hetaphysics told about some of these contracts which he himself had seen. He declared that most of them revealed an effort on the part of the signatory to cheat the devil his promised soul, through the insertion of some tricky clause or phrase. The lawyer explained that apparently most of these people regarded his Satanic Majesty as a most unscrupulous trafficker in evil and that they therefore felt themselves entitled to cheat him. During his address, Maitre Garcon also related how he had witnessed black masses in France at which evil spirits and even the devil himself were invoked. SORCERY SOURED MILK There have recently been numerous cases in. the provincial courts of farmers charging their neighbors with bewitching children, cattle, milk and harvests. A baker of Fontenay-sous-Bois has just accused a man of having through sorcery, made his milk turn sour, thus ruining his business. In Paris, itself,-it is alleged that- black masses are conducted, but most discreetly and only the initiated are permitted to attend the rites. The police, however, are carefully on the watch to see none of these ceremonies include human sacrifices. During his stay in Paris, Aleister Crowley. who is revered in certain circles as The Master Therion, gathered about him a large following. And since his departure, his books on Black Magic have continued popular. The teachings which he formulated in them are regarded with the reverence of religious precepts by his fellow-believers. -H

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 24 Oct 1929, Thu,
  3. Page 12

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