BOHEMIAN GROVE COMES TO NEW YORK PAGAN councilman suspect a tribal PRINCE in bizarre PAGAN sect where members , make sacrifice and have spear-throwing contests: CALIFORNIAN Father ‘ tried to sacrifice son, 8, at cemetery

New York City Councilman Dan Halloran may be a suspect in a bribery plot to fix the upcoming mayoral election, but he also happens to be a pagan prince and leader of a heathen tribe.

Halloran, a Republican representing Queens, was arrested this week along with State Senator Malcolm Smith and charged with seeking to bribe GOP state officials to allow Smith to run on the GOP ticket in a bid to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The political scandal involving the two lawmakers put Halloran back in the limelight, reminding the public that the councilman converted in the 1980s from Catholicism to a pre-Christian Germanic religion called Theodism in which worshipers wear medieval clothes, make sacrifices to multiple gods and hold spear-throwing contests.

 
Halloran
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Politician and prince: City concilman Dan Halloran, left, has ben living a double life for more than two decades as a tribal prince and member of a pre-Christian Germanic religion called Theodism 

 
Caped crusader: Halloran, pictured kneeling during a Theodish ceremony, converted to the pagan polytheistic religion from Roman Catholicism in 1989 Caped crusader: Halloran, pictured kneeling during a Theodish ceremony, converted to the pagan polytheistic religion from Roman Catholicism in 1989

According to a New York Times article, Halloran turned to the cultural roots of his mother’s Danish heritage after his father died in 1989 at age 52.

Theodish belief means in Old English ‘tribal faith.’ The polytheistic religion traces its roots to Germanic paganism and the worship of gods and goddesses.

If Halloran is found guilty of the extortion and bribery charges, he may face prison time, but it likely won’t be as severe a penalty as the public flogging that he had to endure after committing an undisclosed offense against a probationary servant, also known as ‘thrall,’ in the religious sect.

As part of his punishment, Halloran was stripped to his waist, strapped to a tree in Watertown, New York, and struck with a belt 11 times, the New York Post reported.

In 1997, Halloran was asked by Garman Lord, one of the founders of the Theodish religion, to join a splinter group within the sect called Winland Rice.

Despite his previous offenses, Halloran asked for and was granted an exemption from a year of servitude as a ‘thrall.’

Thralls are auctioned off to members of the group for lucky pennies – coins that are found face up on the ground.

 
 

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S, FEASTS AND SACRIFICES: THE SECRETS OF THEODISM REVEALED

Pagan bible: Garman Lord, the founding father of Theodism, outlined the principals of the belief system in the book The Way of The HeathenPagan bible: Garman Lord, the founding father of Theodism, outlined the principals of the belief system in the book The Way of The Heathen

Theodish belief means in Old English ‘tribal faith.’ The polytheistic religion traces its roots to Germanic paganism and the worship of gods and goddesses.

Theodism is a modern term for a branch of Germanic neopaganism located in North America. The Theodists are based on German tribal religions. Theodism uses historical research to recreate the religious practices and social structure of ancient Germanic tribes. 

The idea of Theodism did not truly begin to take form until July 4, 1976, when according to Garman Lord, the God Odin and Goddess Frigga appeared to him. He later outlined the principal of the belief system in the book the Way of The Heathen. 

The beliefs in Theodism revolve around the Germanic traditions. Wisdom, generosity, and honor are the guiding principles. Since Theodism is tribal in nature, the individual is important to the community. 

If two individuals argue, they must agree to the judgments of the Thing which is a council. The judgment is binding on all parties. Each individual strives to build their personal honor to such a level that their reputation will survive their death. This brings honor and value to the family.

The society is hierarchical in nature. The group views those that do not belong to them as outsiders. The responsibility of an individual is to the family, the community, and to those bound by oaths of support. 

Theodism doesn’t recognize inherited positions of power. The individual must prove their worth through their deeds. No on is automatically important by right of birth.

There are several aspects that are common in Theodism: oaths, ritual feasts, ritual toasting with drink, sacrifice, and treating each other with goodwill and honor. 

In Theodism, a sacrifice of an animal is termed a Blot. The animal is sacrificed as a gift to the gods. However, in this tradition, after the sacrifice the animal is used in the sacred feast which feeds the community. Any meat left over is burnt for the gods. The sacred feast is called a Husel. 

A Husel is a formal ritual. It opens with three toasts, one to a specific god or goddess, then a memory toast, and finally a leader’s toast.

After the meal is consumed, those present begin the ritual drinking which consists of more toasts. This event, a Symbel, has rounds of drinking and toasts. Usually, the host decides on three formal rounds of drink.

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DEMON POSSESSED Father ‘who tried to sacrifice son, 8, at California cemetery’ pleads guilty to attempted murder

A father accused of attempting to sacrifice his 8-year-old son in a California cemetery pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Friday.

Police say Joseph Ramirez, 32, took his three young children and their mother to a San Diego cemetery last April for the terrifying ritual after the claimed urging of his dead grandmother.

The mother of Ramirez’ children, Ariana Paredes, testified that he started acting strange after being baptized at a Christian church.

Father: Joseph Ramirez, 32, is accused of using shards of glass to try to kill his 8-year-old son as a human sacrifice in a San Diego cemetery last April

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Venezuelan candidate Maduro puts curse on rival voters

Nicolas Maduro plays a drum while on the campaign trail in the state of Bolivar, Venezuela, 6 April

Mr Maduro is seen here playing a drum while on the campaign trail in the state of Bolivar

The acting president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has put a curse on citizens who do not vote for him in next week’s election.

He likened his main rival candidate, Henrique Capriles, to Spanish conquerors fighting indigenous people in the 16th Century.

A centuries-old curse, he said, would fall on those who did not vote for him.

Mr Capriles responded by saying the only curse for Venezuelans would be if Mr Maduro won the election.

The country goes to the polls next Sunday to elect a successor to Hugo Chavez, the long-time leftist leader who died of cancer last month.

Opinion polls suggest Mr Maduro, who was Chavez’s deputy, has a lead of at least 10 points over his rival.

‘Curse of Maracapana’

Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles greets supporters during a campaign rally in the state of Tachira, 6 AprilHenrique Capriles was campaigning in the state of Tachira

Wearing a local indigenous hat at a rally in Amazonas state, a largely jungle territory on the borders of Brazil and Colombia, Mr Maduro said: “If anyone among the people votes against Nicolas Maduro, he is voting against himself, and the curse of Maracapana is falling on him.”

He was referring to a 16th Century battle when Spanish colonial fighters defeated indigenous fighters decisively.

“If the bourgeoisie win, they are going to privatise health and education, they are going to take land from the Indians, the curse of Maracapana would come on you,” the candidate continued.

Analysts say that Venezuela’s mix of Catholic and animist beliefs, especially in the south-central plains and jungles, is fertile ground for talk of spirits and curses which may otherwise seem out of place in an election campaign.

Mr Capriles dismissed the election favourite’s rhetoric.

“Anyone who threatens the people, who tells the people a curse can fall on them, has no right to govern this country,” he said at a rally in the western state of Tachira.

“I tell you here, all Venezuelans, the real curse is that little group that we are going to get rid of on April 14.”

There are five other candidates for the presidency but they trail far behind Mr Maduro and Mr Capriles.

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