By Clyde Lewis

"Azag galra sagbi mu unna te-Namtar galra zibi mu unna te
Utuk Xu l gubi mu unna te-Ala Xul gabi mu unna te
Gidim Xul ibbi mu unna te-Galla Xul kadbi mu unna te
Dingir Xul girbi mu unna te-- I minabi-ene tashbi aba aba-andibbi-esh!"- The Necronomicon

To the maggots in the corpse the corpse is the cosmos. They know nothing of a world beyond the rotting decayed flesh that they feed on. So what makes us so cock sure of what is beyond our world?

In antiquity man lived in fear. Natural things that happened all around him gave him a scare now and again. Thunderings and lightning would cause fires and earthquakes and floods were all things that man feared. He later attributed all of these frightening things to a higher power basically manipulating him and shaping him.

That which did not kill him made him stronger. He learned from his experiences.

In his mind he tried to find answers to the mysteries of life. He associated life and death with unseen powers. These unseen powers eventually became spirits. Man figured that there was a world beyond this one. In recorded history there are accounts of man coming in contact with a being that looked human but did not have a physical body.

It was a personage of spirit.

People anciently feared the dead. They feared the spirits that they could see that would roam around the departed and the places where the dead were left to rot.

Many would believe that the burning of the body would somehow keep its evil spirit from haunting the living. Zoroastrians considered fire to be too sacred to be used on the dead and they believed that burial would defile the earth. Allow their dead to simply rot or be devoured by vultures.

Primitive tribes would simply run from the dead. They feared that it was something that would spread and from the bodies would come plagues and pestilence. Allowing the rotting of carrion would of course allow for flies to lay their eggs and plagues of flies would infest villages and bring sickness in their wake.

Others would eat the dead for strength. They felt that the spirit would come into them and they would take on the strengths and the memory of the dead person.

In antiquity the dead were considered unclean and their spirits would bring madness and problems to an encampment. Warnings were given to individuals and they were admonished that in order to avoid being possessed or infected with disease they must leave the dead and not have contact with the familiar spirits of those who have passed on to the other side.

"Whosoever is unclean by the dead shall be put outside the camp, that they defile not the camp in the midst of which the Lord dwells."-Book of Numbers

Death has always been a subject that haunts me.

When I was wondering about a career before I decided to be a radio announcer I was becoming aware of the fact that while I was in religious service I was able to help people that faced hardships. I was able to give them comfort with my words. I was encouraged by an associate of mine to perhaps become a bereavement councilor and learn a little about mortuary science.

He was a funeral director and had a very successful mortuary in a small mining community located in Central Utah.

At first I was a bit taken aback by his suggestion. The idea of working amongst the dead and grieving was not something that I had even thought of. But I had thought that if I could get beyond the idea of being around the dead and grieving I could actually look into the idea of an apprenticeship and eventually working with families that have to cope with the loss of a loved one.

While the chief responsibility of the councilor is to teach and sympathize there are also the different levels of grief that you learn. One of the subjects that had me in its hold was the study of ADC's.

After Death Communication has been recorded on many occasions and there are a majority of the living who have had a communication with a loved one who has passed away. Believe it or not there have been cases where a person who has been in a coma is about to die. A loved one many miles away receives a phone call. They pick up the receiver and on the phone is the person about to die.

These appearances are accidental and many people are not seeking contact with these spirits. It is common for several people to experience an ADC simultaneously, in the same place and at the same time. Research shows that as at least 50 million Americans, or 20 percent of the population in the United States have had one or more after-death communication experiences. However there are many people who don't want to admit to having such an experience fearing ridicule by those who don't understand.

While I was looking into such accounts I was not at all convinced that this proves that there is life after death. I tend to think that there is something more to the phenomenon.

There are many that use these experiences as proof of an afterlife. They also use these cases to push a religious agenda. These accounts can be faith promoting but they seem to be filtered through preconditioned attitudes and so the study can be tainted with all sorts of manipulation.

It is unfortunate that this is the case.

Spirits have often been used in theater as portentous. They are messengers that come to tell the future. They are offered as guides and their prescience can be abused for the purpose of divination by mediums and necromancers.

Using the spirits of the dead in order to influence or otherwise persuade a grieving or frightened group is the work of a master necromancer.

It is the darkest of Black Magic.

In some cultures the necromancer is considered lower than the Vultures.

A common philosophy that is held by Vultures is that it is not wise to kill or die. They believe that it is wise to let someone else do all the killing and the dying while they feed on the carrion that is left behind, untouched in the blistering sun.

Necromancers share a bit of commonality with the Vulture. They have been known to wait patiently over the dying with a bottle and cork waiting for the body to give up the ghost. When it does the Necromancer is quick to take from the shell it's last breath and place it in a bottle.

The bottle is then wrapped in cloth and sold for a very high price. How much can be had for the last breath of the dying man? What can the necromancer do to make his keep?

Should he pull the Gold fillings from the corpse and kick the change from its pockets?

Can he desire the gold ring enough to pull the finger back and with a quick snap break the stiff cold finger in order to remove it and go into the marketplace and pawn it for mere pennies on the dollar?

Necromancers do not care that the use of the dead for this purpose unleashes all sorts of dark spirits. It raises the fear factor to a fever pitch. Anciently the spells of the Necromancer would sometimes unleash or awaken the sleeping warrior spirit known as the Gidim Xul.

The Gidim were not happy. They were so named from the ancient Sumerian texts. The Gidim are those who had died violent deaths and were likely to be unsettled in the underworld and to return to enter into the bodies of the living persons. It is written that the spirit would enter in through the ear.

I wonder if this is a metaphor for hearing the whispers of those whose blood screams from the tombs.

It seems to explain why there have been recorded cases of Electronic Voice Phenomenon or EVP where the voices of the dead appear on recorded tape. I have been on investigations into this phenomenon and most of the time the voices that appear on the tapes are faint whispers buried in the surrounding sound.

Many voices that are recorded sound very sad. Some are lonely and others have messages that they seem to repeat over and over again as if they are trapped in some sort of magnetic recordable grid.

It was also feared that if a person made the journey to the other world and turned back they could make a bargain with the Gidim and return into their bodies and predict the future.

This may be where the term "Walk in" comes from. The walk in phenomena is the idea that when a person dies and is revived a replacement spirit inhabits the body.

There is also the idea that spirit transference can be accomplished through black magic rituals that are conducted by Necromancers who are believed to go into a trance and journey out of body to one of the rivers to hell. They pay the ferryman to bring a malignant spirit from hell and place it into the body of the living.

The Necromancers would collect money for their spells and potions that were used to awaken the dead and use them for nefarious purposes. The Necromancer treads amongst the crypts and mausoleums robbing more than riches. They take souls and use them to manipulate the living and use them as pawns to push a very diabolical agenda.

Theirs is a kingdom of decay and blight. They are the ghouls that somehow find that rare coin in the eye of the carcass and use it to buy a moldy piece of bread to feed to the starving child.

They are not responsible for the dead. They have nothing to do with killing, but they can use them to somehow change the future so that they can benefit from the deaths of many.

They whisper into the ear of the corpse and from there the body reveals to them the secrets of the universe.

The dead can speak, all you have to do is lend an ear. If you walk amongst the dead and open your mind to their energies they will give you what you seek.

If you seek riches, the dead can give it without a fight. If you want divination the dead can give it to you through oracles and ritual. If you seek love and physical pleasure, the dead conveniently lay there in the same position. There is no need for kisses or cuddling good byes.

Necrophilia can be categorized as raping the "weaker sex."

Ed Gein the notorious killer that inspired the movies Psycho, The Texas chainsaw massacre and Silence of the lambs was a known Necrophile.

When Ed was 39 years old his abusive mother died. He was left to take care of her farm in Rural Wisconsin. He had the desire to get a sex change and had talked about wanting to wear he skin of his mother.

A woman that lived near his home had passed away and he convinced a gravedigger to dig her up. He would view her naked body and masturbate. He had other bodies dug up. This was all done during the full moon.

He would also kill women and display their bodies in the barn on his farm.

He not only had sex with the bodies but he collected their body parts. What possessed him to do it? What evil spirit entered into him?

Did a vampiric Gidim possess him? Was he a living Werewolf?

Gein wasn't a lustful compulsive necrophile but he did prefer the company of dead women.

From necromancers to necrophiles there are many wicked humans who abuse the dead for their own selfish gain. Their resources are plentiful.

The dead keep dying. Once they are cold and lifeless, they are prey.


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