Satan worshippers during a ritual. David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

By Mark McConville

 

THE POTENTIAL ancient Satanic origins of Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise from the horror film IT have been revealed in this real life Satanic Ritual that sees worshippers visit the dead while wearing red noses.

 

Despite the comical appearance of the “Dark Harlequin” ritual the Satanists claim their religion is just like ‘any other faith’.

Satan worshippers in the street.
David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

The disturbing images show the Satan followers dressed up in ceremonial robes while some have face paint and other markings drawn on them.

 

Other pictures show the group taking part in their rituals, appearing to wave wands and sitting around a strange symbol drawn on the floor.

Satan worshippers in the street.
David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

The ritualistic photographs were taken in the suburbs of Prague, Czech Republic by local photographer David Tesinsky (28).

 

“This group practice Satanism because it makes their lives happy and successful. It was a very spiritual experience for them and they compare it to any other faith such as Christianity or Buddhism,” said Tesinsky.

Satan worshippers during a ritual.
David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

“I documented them because I want to kill the stereotype. They are all about individualism and they want happy lives.

 

“There is nothing really dark as is the ‘stereotype’. When they are finished, they hop in their cars and drive back to their families.”

Satan worshippers during a ritual.
David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

Tesinsky was invited into a house on the edge of Prague to document a group who have been practicing satanistic and hoo-doo rituals for the past 25 years.

 

Tesinsky has always been fascinated by this way of living and was lucky enough to gain access into the house to observe and photograph their ways.

a face-painted worshipper relaxes.
David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

The group had been contacted by many photographers over the last decade, but were always refused entry.

 

Tesinsky has been the only one allowed into their sacred space, where he was invited to observe them for ‘Dark Harlequin, Atlach-Nacha’, also known as Friday the 13th.

Satan worhsippers in the mirror.
David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

The group worship the Czech-Slovakian temple of Satan and they do it because they believe in individualism.

 

The Church of Satan is a religious organization dedicated to Satanism as codified in The Satanic Bible. It is the oldest official organisation for the worship of Satan. The Church of Satan was established at the Black House in San Francisco, California, on Walpurgisnacht, April 30, 1966, by Anton Szandor LaVey, who was the church’s High Priest until his death in 1997. In 2001, Peter H. Gilmore was appointed to the position of high priest, and the church’s headquarters were moved to Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City.

Satan worhsippers taking part in a ritual.
David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

The church does not believe in the Devil, nor a Christian or Islamic notion of Satan. High priest Peter H. Gilmore describes its members as “skeptical atheists”, embracing the Hebrew root of the word “Satan” as “adversary”.

 

The church views Satan as a positive archetype who represents pride, individualism, and enlightenment, and as a symbol of defiance against the Abrahamic faiths which LaVey criticized for what he saw as the suppression of humanity’s natural instincts.

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