We were contacted by a student from the University of Oklahoma. We are always educating society and here is another example…These are her questions and answers.
1. Tell me about yourself?…where you are from, what you like to do in your free time, or anything interesting about yourself?
1. I am a 35 year old male. Born in Cook County, IL. Due to my parents lifestyle we didn’t stay in one spot very long. We lived in various areas in and out of Chicago and then on to Texas, Florida, and back to Chicago. After, issues in Chicago, I moved back to Oklahoma. My major accomplishments are as stands: graduated high school in 1999, earned my 6th degree black belt in Aikido, earned my black belt in Judo, attained associates degree in psychology in 2008, and I am an Ordained Satanic Priest in 2010. In 2011 established the Church of Ahriman in both Texas and Oklahoma. I have self-published 4 books and 1 of these books is being published through Dorrence Publishing this year. Aside from martial arts and every day life I enjoy weight lifting, studying mythology, history, and religion. With obvious tendencies to study the “eastern” aspects, particularly Japanese and Persian cultures. I also enjoy researching the war and war culture of these 2 different societies.
2. What religion are you? (Is there a politically correct term? Are there terms society refers to your religion that you would find offensive?)
2. The religion I created is titled Traditional Ahrimanism. Society refers to us as Satanists or Devil Worshipers. The offense to be called Satanist is simple. The term Satan is a title nothing more. Ahriman is an anti-cosmic god of destruction and counter-creation. Though the word Devil came from the word Daeva, devil is connected with western paganism deemed evil by the Catholic church. Therefore it is an inaccurate statement. Ahrimanist or Daeva worshiper is a correct terminology.
3. What do you like best/least about your religion?
3. The best part of Traditional Ahrimanism is it is a way to find spiritual and religious freedom off the person by allowing the practitioner and the God Ahriman to be on equal footing and working with one another instead of the traditional concept of servitude. This allows for freedom of the individual to be expressed in a personal way that allows for these dark (animal) nature to be expressed without the guilt of any predisposed sin. We at the Church of Ahriman are teachers to it’s members to maintain their actions within the societal laws. The least favorite part of Traditional Ahrimanism is that people are required to do it themselves. They must think for themselves, do the rituals for themselves, and set their own goals. the clergy is around for classes, and group rituals are conducted but they are required to do their I study and previously said self sustaining aspects mentioned earlier.
4. Were you brought up in your religion or a different religion? If so why did you stay in it? If not when/where were you introduced at a later date?
4. I was raised in a variety of different sects of Christianity. At 8 years of age a minister made an attempt to “lay hands on me”. I was unaware of the game and refused to be pushed over onto the floor. Thus it was deemed that I was possessed by the Devil. My erosion of Christianity began there. Due to certain life events I decided to read the Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey. This resonated with me. Then I quickly discovered that “Satanism” was nothing more than an online facade. Thus recreating the deal and starting my own offline church.
5. What drew you towards this religion?
5. One statement, “self preservation is the highest law.”
6. Have you had any personal experiences that reaffirmed your faith?
6. I cannot remember rituals that I conduct. So, I have created a habit of recording them. We have too many still pics, video, and full spectrum video that shows unexplained phenomenon. There are too many instances that cause and effect have occurred before, during, and after ritual. Every time things come together in my life it is religious affirmation.
7. Is there a difference between your everyday life and your religious life?
7. Yes there is quite a difference and there are many similarities as well. The practice of my religion in my ritual chamber is uninhibited by the rules and folly of man. This allows for the principles of the religion to be taught to my subconscious mind undiluted. There is where the darkest and most forbidden aspects of myself can be expressed and explored without guilt of judgement. This allows me to use these religious ideals in my everyday life with the ability to be mindful and premeditated in my goals and affairs.
8. Are you married? If you were not married, would you marry outside of your religion?
8. Yes I am married. Most likely I would not marry outside of the LHP. The RHP follows are too forceful and lack the ability to compromise with religious orientation.
9. In the Amish religion, teens go through a period of “Rumspringa” (a time to experience the world outside of their religion) before they can be accepted into the church. This is because it is thought that children are not capable of making such a life binding decision. Is there a particular age you must reach before being officially confirmed into your religion or church?
9. Yes, 18 and 21 to practice group ritual.
10. What is the most important day that you celebrate in your faith?
10. One’s birthday is the most important to the individual. The church itself is the first day of winter, the cycle of destruction and death was created by the Daeva to vex the animals and the plants.
11. What is your religion’s death practices?…do you do burials, cremations, or something entirely different?
11. To either be buried in the ground or cremated is the way. Burial allows for the druj to use our dead matter as fuel and spiritual weapons against order. Cremation allows for pollution of fire, thus polluting the Haevens, thus pollution of the leader to corruption.
12. What should man expect after death, according to your religion?
12. Man chooses to work for order or chaos in their life. Those who choose order should have their dead body consumed by the ahuras (birds) and then have their spirit consumed by the holy fire of atar. Thus returning and becoming a part of Ahura Mazda. Should a person choose chaos, their body should be given to the death daevas. The spirit shall descend into the watery abyss of “Hell”. At this point they are free to amass whatever in Hell til they are sent back to the physical reality, or reincarnation. In the Al-Jiwah,, it is made clear that we can be sent back 7 times or as many times are required.
13.Are there any dietary restrictions? (similar to “Keeping Kosher”)?
13. No, but consumption of meat is encouraged.
14. What do you believe your religion has to offer the world?
14. My religion offers mankind freedom from popular beliefs and forces them to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. It weeds out the weak and celebrates the strong.
15. Do you practice religion on a daily or weekly basis? In what ways?
15. I practice daily through manthra, meditation, and creating material for the church. We have weekly meetings for classes and ritual.
16. Are there any cardinal “sins” or “taboos”?
16. Whatever your morals are. We advise people not to go beyond their morals, but test and push them. Again, it is a personal issue with each individual.
17. What does your religion say man’s purpose on earth is?
17. The souls of man decide who will rule the “kingdom”. Ahura Mazda needs to replenish his power by consumption of souls. Angra Mainyu frees the souls of man from Ahura Mazda to weaken him. Also, the more souls corrupted but still consumed by Ahura Mazda, changes him. Thus mans purpose is freedom of self. Thus freedom for all, to include the Devil.
18. Is man inherently good, inherently evil, or something else entirely?
18. Man is an animal. He chooses which side he works for. We believe, the sons of Adam, are Melek Taus’s chosen children. These people will have adeptness in the sinister ways. Regardless, each man chooses, and will deal with that choice accordingly. Both Ahura and Druj will battle with each man, woman, and child to bring the balance over to their perspective side. So people can be influenced by wither side, some are weaker to the wants of order and some are weaker to the seduction of chaos.