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Cthulhu Mythos/other path
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Post # 1
besides practicing the rituals and working my way though the Simon Necronomicon,I have always been interested in working with the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft himself,and have thought a bought blending Mr.Lovecrafts Mythos with other paths such as Druidry,Wicca,Voodoo,etc and would like to discuss the possibilities of doing so and how do go about blending the Mythos and it's beliefs etc etc with other paths.

I would also like to share something I found on the Chaosium website that kinda rekindled this interest a lot:


http://catalog.chaosium.com/pages.php?pID=59&CDpath=3

VOODOO AND THE MYTHOS




Previous sections [of Secrets of New Orleans] suggest the intimate, very humanistic world of voodoo lies in stark contrast with the cosmic, alien horror of the Cthulhu Mythos. Keepers may be leery about introducing some of the folksy elements of voodoo into a campaign which has led players to believe that sanity-blasting revelations await their investigators around every corner. This section offers some suggestions for Keepers to incorporate the loa and their followers into the campaign, while still remaining faithful to Lovecraft?s basic concepts.

If the loa are aware of the existence of the Mythos, they would undoubtedly despise them. After all, if human beings are wiped off the earth, the loa would have no one to worship them. As deities friendly to humankind, the loa could be persuaded to assist investigators in their struggles against the Mythos in the form of spells, advice, and clues. Investigators would find hungans and mambos valuable allies if the loa favor their quest, providing hiding places from the authorities and protection in communities under their influence.

Mythos beings are not likely to be known under their true names; it is more probable that a voodooist would refer to them as a subspecies of baka. Hence, Dagon, Cthugha, and Atlach-Nacha are known as ?fish-baka?, ?fire-baka?, and ?spider-baka?, respectively. Bokor are the voodooists with the most frequent contact with baka, and therefore the ones most likely to consort with the Mythos?either as sorcerers occasionally calling on the ?baka? for magical knowledge, or as dyed-in-the-wool cultists, using the veneer of voodoo to mask more blasphemous activities. This latter form of bokor is the type most likely to employ servitor races as foils. Investigators will find many voodooists eager to help them purge a Mythos-influenced bokor from their midst.

Another, more sinister possibility exists, however. The loa of the bokor-favored Petro tribe, the non-African, more aggressive and violent family of spirits, may be composed entirely of Mythos entities. In other words, the Petro counterpart of a Rada loa is, in fact, one of the Mythos deities. If this is the case, then the Mythos/Petro counterpart for each of the seven Rada loa listed in ?The Loa? section are as follows:
?Papa Agw??Cthulhu
?Damballah-w?do?Yig
?Ezili-Freda-Dahomey?Yibb-Tstll
?Father Legba?Yog-Sothoth
?Ogu?Hastur
?Baron Samedi?Nyarlathotep
?Zaca?Shub-Niggurath

Voodooists know these Mythos entities only by their Petro names?Cthulhu is known as Agw?-petro, Yibb-Tstll as Ezili-j?-rouge?but bokor and mambos alike are aware of their existence and fear their power. The Contact Loa spell, when used to summon a Petro loa, invokes a lesser avatar of the Mythos being desired. These avatars, if encountered in dreams or depicted in frescoes, resemble their Rada counterparts, but with grotesque physical characteristics that betray their Mythos origins. For example, Agw?-petro has a majestic beard, like Papa Agw?, but it is a festering mass of tentacles; Ezili-j?-rouge is a woman in a dress, like Ezili-Freda-Dahomey, but has glowing red eyes and a set of Yibb-Tstll?s writhing teats. These avatars may be beseeched and spoken to as any loa, but their responses are a slightly humanized version of the unfathomable desires of their incomprehensible masters, and rarely turn out well for humankind. Honest hungans and mambos infrequently deal with these malevolent deities; Mythos-connected bokor may circumvent the avatars altogether and deal with the Mythos entities directly. The Rada loa are aware of the destructive nature of their Petro cousins, and urge their followers to assist investigators battling the Mythos in any way possible.

Of course, the possibility that the Petro loa are avatars of the Mythos raises several vexing questions. What are the Rada loa? Benign, corrupted versions of Mythos deities, which have warmed to humans over centuries of worship? Are they yet another machination of Nyarlathotep, sent to lure unsuspecting voodooists into false complacency, which will be yanked out from under them when the stars are right, and the Great Old Ones again rule the Earth? Is there some terrifyingly powerful Mythos artifact hidden in Haiti, such as an abandoned mi-go colony, from which the slaves gained the knowledge of Mythos (Petro loa) worship?
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Re: Cthulhu Mythos/other path
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2
I was quite sure that Cthulu and others were fictitious enties made up by H.P. Lovecraft. Despite the Necronomicon supposedly being a (working) ritual book for the Old Ones, it is still a fictional horror novel. Extra emphasis on fictional.
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Re: Cthulhu Mythos/other path
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Post # 3
true it started as but as many people people have put energy into the mythos from reading them,playing the call of cthulhu games,doing rituals calling on them there is now Mythos Egregores/thoughtforms!

let me qoute some guys from another forum:

http://evocationmagic.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=11435&start=20


"People from all over the world call upon the Jesus of the bible everyday. But, the best research out there can't find a historical miracle-worker that overturned the bankers tables in the Jerusalem temple and resurrected after being nailed to a cross. And, plenty of mystics over the years seem to have worked with him quite well.

Personally, I think it's easier to create self-aware entities than man realizes."

" They are hardly fictional in the occult sense because all those people that channeled energy to them, through books, movies or games, gave them life on the astral plane. Use a technique to contact them derived (if possible) from the setting from which they come, combine those techniques with usual techniques used to contact entities."

"Everything is consciousness, even universally so, so everything, even fiction, has some form of existence because without consciousness there could not be an idea of fiction, no one to create and perceive fiction. Even things people usually consider real are ultimately illusory according to some philosophies, like Advaita Vedanta, even all the universes are ultimately illusory and only Brahman exists even though it is beyond existence and non existence alike because it cannot be perceived by our limited minds, only slightly glimpsed so to speak, it can only be experienced, you can only become That and then there will be no more you, because there was no you in the first place.

I agree with that based on my own experiences but definition of fiction and thought will greatly differ from person to person, depending on their personal philosophy and experiences. In a way it is a futile debate because such definitions tend to always rely on the personal, and that will be more or less different for everyone. No one can prove or claim he is right because such things are personal experiences, and others will have their own conclusions, even when they agree on a certain point of view on the subject that will be only verbally, not experientially, because some experiences can be difficult or impossible to put into words, especially abstract experiences that go beyond words. But of course opinions can be exchanged."

also check out

http://occultcorpus.com/forums/index.php?/topic/26570-choosing-a-paradigm-in-a-subjective-world/

and

http://occultcorpus.com/forums/index.php?/forum/50-cthulhu-mythos/
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Re: Cthulhu Mythos/other path
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Post # 4
Chaos magick covers working with mythos amazingly.If you are interested:
http://www.chaosmatrix.org/index.php
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