So I got it right from King Paimon that the movie Hereditary made him happy because it made more people interested in summoning demons, especially him. And yeah, I’ve personally talked to people who said they wanted to try summoning Paimon after seeing the movie and I have to be like “why don’t you try a lesser spirit first?”
So of course I had to see Ari Aster’s follow-up, Midsommar. It got set up as this cute pagan group in the Swiss mountains. What it ended up being was, of course, another huge nightmare. But it got me thinking… don’t RHP/Wiccans/pagans usually frown upon human sacrifice? Isn’t that more a LHP thing?
I personally don’t do animal or human sacrifice. I’ll use my own blood, skin, spit, piss, whatever, in spells, but can’t bring myself to harm a living soul. I think that’s a hold-over from my Buddhist days.
But the movie was interesting because they ritually sacrificed many people. First, the elders who jumped from the cliff at the end of their life cycle, saying they would give their spirits back to be given to new births. Okay, so, if the elders give themselves up, why did they need nine people at the end? Is nine of significance in such a tradition? And why did some have to be villagers (i.e. members of the cult) and some be outsiders?
I feel as if a lot was invented, it is a horror movie after all, but I wondered how much is actual practice. Is this something that still goes on in some pagan circles? Is human sacrifice still practiced? How does that fit into the whole “do no harm” and threefold law deal?