Chthonic, Prose & Theory

Chthonic, Prose & Theory
Author: Vadge Moore
Language English
Pages: 127
Genre: Uncategorized
Goodreads Rating: 5.00
Published: Published

From the pen of Vadge Moore, one of American counterculture's most notorious debauchees, comes a tome devoted to all the base, depraved, wicked and vile aspects of the animal Man. Asserting that the savage, primal elements of the human spirit are, in fact, the proverbial Lead from which spiritual Gold can be spun, Moore takes us on a tour through Hell; the passage of which - for those bold enough to undertake it - can lead to a Heaven of a decidedly different nature than that posited by orthodox religion … To achieve his aims of sanctifying the depraved, Moore takes as his starting-point the ancient Greek concept of the chthonic - a term denoting Hell, Hades or the Underworld, and all those aspects of Man himself which are associated with such places. To Moore, the chthonic is an impetus from which to trace the myriad manifestations of the primitive, primordial, uninhibited beast in Man throughout history; and also the means by which to tie them together into a cohesive, practical philosophy. Throughout Chthonic: Prose & Theory, Moore explores all things chthonic in the history of art, literature, philosophy and religion, tracing its lineage from the Bacchanalian and Dionysian cults of Ancient Greece and Rome, to Eighteenth Century France and beyond. He analyzes the chthonic in the works of the notorious Marquis DeSade, and its influence on the post-modernist muse Georges Bataille, as well as in the lives and philosophies of Twentieth Century icons such as occultist Aleister Crowley, psychologist Carl Jung and Church Of Satan founder, Anton LaVey.

Through cross-disciplinary scholarly research, Vadge Moore presents a solidly-grounded philosophical worldview centered around the chthonic - an unapologetically dark, nihilistic mysticism which does not require the dependent counterbalance of a benevolent "God" to assert itself. Chthonic: Prose & Theory delineates Moore's idiosyncratic, previously unexplored means by which to approach an all-inclusive understanding of the Absolute; not by self-effacing penitence and sublimation to a supposedly munificent God, but through the sin-drenched Left-Hand path of the Devil. Join him in the descent …