As if what we have already been over is not enough,
we find what a gross pagan Lewis really was when we notice that he portrayed Dionysus
(Bacchus), Silenus and the Maenads as good characters in his stories!
First, let's find out exactly what this pagan deity and his followers
In the Encyclopedia Britainnica (1963 and 1974
editions) Dionysus is described "in Greek cult and mythology, a nature god of
fruitfulness and vegetation, but tending to specialize as a god of wine...The
alternative names Bacchus (Bacchos...); Sabazuis and Bassareus are Thracian."
He was also called Bromios.
He is believed to have been
introduced to Greece from Thrace and Phyrgia. While in Greece the orgiastic worship
of him was toned down, "In his native country his worshippers sought to become
possessed by or assimilated to him by wild dancing and the tearing in pieces and
eating of animals..." The victims of this carnage may have originally been human.
The female attendants of Dionysus were known as the Maenads. Many
women were attracted to him and took to the hills wearing faun skins and crowns
of ivy. The ivy wreath itself being one of his personal attributes. (Remember
the ivy wreaths around the tops of the mazers
of wine in Prince Caspian.) Their ritual cry was "Euoi!" They danced
by torchlight to the flute and kettledrum and used wine freely. While under
the god's power (really devils) they supposedly possessed occult powers, could
charm snakes, suckle animals, and were given super strength to tear
their living victims in pieces before devouring them raw. In Greece a dancing
circle surrounded his altar. Through this complete, unconditional surrender to
the devils in this orgy, they believed they could cross over into the
eternal, spiritual realm.
The phallus was a prominent symbol in
Dionysus' rituals and was carried in processions in his honor. One of the oldest
known prayer-hymns is one used by the followers of Dionysus and is addressed to
the genitals. His followers included fertility spirits, such as satyrs.
He was said to have the "gift" of prophecy and was given a position
at that wretched shrine of Delphi only slightly lower than that of Apollo. He
often took animal forms and, interestingly enough, was associated with the lion,
Silenus in mythology was the son of Hermes or Pan
(Satan). He was said to be a nymph and was the companion and nurse of Dionysus.
Which gives room for speculation regarding sodomy since Hermes was associated
Silenus was often depicted in the Bacchus' train in
art and was generally shown as "a little pot-bellied old man with snub nose and
bald head, riding on an ass and supported by satyrs..." (Quite appropriately,
there is a statue of him carrying an infant Dionysus in the Vatican.) In the plural
they were said to be the same as satyrs, but older, wiser and drunker. They
were characterized as prophets and expert musicians.
laid all this disgusting filth out, let's take a look at how C.S. Lewis portrays
them in his Chronicles of Narnia for kids to read!
In Prince Caspian, Chapter XI, "The
Lion Roars," Lewis opens to us his true heart: (The
quotes are somewhat long in order to show the context as Lewis has it.)
p. 152 - "The crowd and the dance round
Aslan (for it had become a dance once more) grew so thick and rapid that
Lucy was confused. She never saw where certain other people came from
who were soon capering among the trees. One was a youth, dressed only
in a fawn-skin, with vine-leaves wreathed in his curly hair. His face
would have been almost too pretty for a boy's, if it had not looked so extremely
wild. You felt, as Edmund said when he saw him a few days later, 'There's
a chap who might do anything --- absolutely anything.' He seemed to have
a great many names --- Bromios, Bassareus, and the Ram, were three
of them. There were a lot of girls with him, as wild as he. There was even,
unexpectedly, someone on a donkey. And everybody was laughing: and
everybody was shouting out, "Euan, euan, eu-oi-oi-oi." [Emphasis
Note the wild dance, the extremely wild faced youth that
is Bromios (otherwise known and Dionysus or Bacchus), the wild girls (Maenads),
the man on the donkey (Silenus) who is also said to cry "Refreshments!" (which
in the context of Dionysus would be wine), and the cries of "Euoi!". What
Lewis is describing here is nothing other than a Bacchanalian orgy!
Notice also that Lucy is confused. Lewis gives himself away on this one.
1Corinthians 14:33 For God
is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the
154 - "One saw sticky and stained fingers everywhere, and, though mouths
were full the laughter never ceased nor the yodeling cries of Euan, euan, eu-oi-oi-oi-oi,
till all of a sudden everyone felt at the same moment that the game (whatever
it was), and the feast, ought to be over, and everyone flopped down breathless
on the ground and turned his face to Aslan to hear what he would sat next.
"At that moment the sun was just rising and Lucy remembered
something and whispered to Susan,
" 'I say, Su, I know
who they are."
" 'Who?' "
boy with the wild face is Bacchus and the old one on the donkey is Silenus.
Don't you remember Mr. Tumnus telling us about them long ago?' "
" 'Yes, of course. But I say Lu ----' "
" 'I wouldn't have felt very safe with Bacchus
and all his wild girls if we'd met them without Aslan.'"
" 'I should think not,' Said Lucy." [Emphasis added.]
Again, all the sign posts are in place and Lewis even puts the event at sunrise!
p. 192 - "Bacchus
and the Maenads --- his fierce, madcap girls ---
and Silenus, were still with them. Lucy, fully rested, jumped up. Everyone
was awake, everyone was laughing, flutes were playing, cymbals clashing.
Animals, not Talking Animals, were crowding in upon them from every direction.
" 'What is it, Aslan?' said Lucy, her eyes dancing and her
feet wanting to dance.
" 'Come, children," said he. 'Ride
on my back again to-day.' "
" 'Oh lovely!' cried Lucy,
and both girls climbed on to the warm golden back as they had done no-one knew
how many years before. Then the whole party moved off --- Aslan leading.
Bacchus and his Maenads leaping, rushing and turning somersaults, the
beasts frisking round them, and Silenus and his donkey bringing up
the rear." [Emphasis added.]
Now, note here that Lewis actually
names the Maenads and describes them as "fierce". To complete the description
of this devil worship for your children to mimic in their play, he adds the flutes
and cymbals, and animals are brought in, though their fate at the hands of
the Maenads is carefully excluded.
He also describes them going
down a hill into town where they found a girls' school. The girls were
dressed in ugly tight collars, thick stockings and tight hairdos. The teacher
and class all fled in terror except one girl. Aslan called her "sweetheart" and
asked her to join his wild crowd, which she did. She was instantly dancing
with the Maenads who helped her take off some of her "unnecessary" and uncomfortable
So, Lewis is telling your children that in order to be
part of this wild bunch (which he portrays as fun), they must join in the dancing
and take off some of their clothes!
This sounds remarkably
similar to one of the accounts in the Bible -- the occasion on which Aaron made
the golden calf and Israel worshipped it with a wild feast and dancing party.
When Moses got back down the mountain, he confronted Aaron and received a stupid
excuse. Then we read, Exodus
32:25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made
them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) 26 Then Moses stood in
the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come
unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 27 And
he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword
by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and
slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell
of the people that day about three thousand men. From this account
we can see that the LORD does not look lightly on this sort of thing. Allowing
C.S. Lewis to teach your children such heathenism is perilous to say the least!
The most revolting thing, which has been evident right along, is stated
plainly in the quote on p. 192. Aslan is leading! Now, if Aslan is supposedly
the Lord Jesus Christ, as many assure us and as Lewis himself allowed, then what
we find here is the grossest blasphemy! This is then supposedly Jesus Christ
leading a Satanic orgy of Bacchus! This is sick beyond description!
We have already determined that the real identity of Aslan in The
Chronicles of Narnia is actually the sun god, but Lewis allowed and promoted
the notion that this was an allegory of Biblical truth and that Aslan was indeed
a picture of Christ Jesus - God in the flesh. Therefore, it is all the same
as if he had written such filth about the Lord of glory in the first place! Deuteronomy
32:41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will
render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
One interesting point here
is that in The Last Battle on page 170 Lewis has Digory saying, "It's all
in Plato, all in Plato." Now, Lewis calls Plato "an overwhelming theological genius"
(Reflections on the Psalms, p. 80), which any discerning Christian familiar
with Plato's works would take strong exception to. Plato was a pagan, Greek philosopher
and his followers called Dionysus "Our Master". So, we see that C.S. Lewis gave
credit to a Dionysus-worshipper as having written long before Christ was
even born all the things that he, Lewis, put in his book! This is a real admission
of guilt, and fits perfectly with Lewis' belief that Christ fulfilled paganism
(Reflections on the Psalms, p. 129). Lewis has showed us plainly
who his master really is, and it is not the Lord Jesus Christ!
quote, which also appears in Prince Caspian (Chapter XV, "Aslan
Makes A Door In the Air") brings in the subject of witchcraft.
205 of Prince Caspian - "Then three or four of the Red Dwarfs came
forward with their tinder boxes and set light to the pile, which first crackled,
and then blazed, and finally roared as a woodland bonfire on midsummer night
ought to do. And everyone sat down in a wide circle around it.
"Then Bacchus and Silenus and the Maenads began a dance, far wilder
than the dance of the trees, not merely a dance for fun and beauty (though
it was that too) but a magic dance of plenty, and where their hands
touched, and where their feet fell, the feast came into existence -- sides
of roasted meat that filled the grove with delicious smell, and wheaten cakes
and oaten cakes, honey and many-coloured sugars and cream as think as porridge,
and as smooth as still water, peaches, nectarines, pomegranates, pears, grapes,
strawberries, raspberries -- pyramids and cataracts of fruit. Then,
in great wooden cups and bowls and mazers, wreathed with ivy, came the wines;
dark, thick ones like syrups of mulberry juice, and clear red ones like red jellies
liquefied, and yellow wines and green wines and yellowy-green and greenish-yellow."
First off, we have Red Dwarfs lighting
the fire, and the fire is for "midsummer night." The fact that they are Red
Dwarfs, meaning they have red hair, may not seem significant at a glance, but
it emphasizes that nothing is lost on Lewis for symbolism.
hair, according to Cirlot's book, symbolizes the lower regions -- hell. (This
is a good reason to stop the myth of the "red head's fiery temper,"
by the way.) Midsummer night is the night for the sun-god's death and temporary
descent into hell, so Lewis has the Red Dwarfs light the fire.
we note that it says a woodland bonfire on midsummer night. This is not just any
fire and not just A midsummer night. This is the real thing. A high day of sun
worhip. This comes from the burning of the bones from the sacrifices in the bonfire
(bone-fire) on the summer solstice. It is a sabbat of witchcraft as the marriage
of the death goddess or moon goddess to the sun god. The days become shorter from
this point as the sun god dies and is sent for his yearly visit to hell. On December
25th he will be reborn. (We can see that Lewis' theology fits well with the paganized
Roman Catholic Church.)
Everyone sits in a circle around it. Again
this is a powerful witchcraft symbol.
Another pagan/witchy thing
is the wild, magic dance of plenty. Those of "The Craft"are famous for
their magic dances.
Pomegranates are a symbol of fertility, and
according to the Greeks sprang from the blood of Dionysus. (Cirlot, pg. 261) (Note:
Remember Satan counterfeits what God does. Hence there were pomegranates used
on the robes of High Priest in Exodus, and the devil corrupts their meaning to
dirty the beautiful things of God.)
The fruit is stacked in a pyramid
- a powerful witchcraft/Luciferian/Masonic symbol.
The whole thing,
with Bacchus involved, sounds like a mixture of a typical English pagan/Wiccan
midsummer night celebration and a Bacchus orgy.
It should be clear
by now that C. S. Lewis was a master of combining many and varied heathen myths
to develop his plots. Worst of all, this is for children! What horrible, ungodly
things Lewis has introduced to them! It's too bad nobody ever explained to him
the consequences of such behavior. Matthew 18:6 But whoso
shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for
him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned
in the depth of the sea. Perhaps he would not have cared. Perhaps he had
a known "calling" for his father the devil which he was willingly fulfilling.
We will only know when he stands before the Almighty to be judged someday.
this point it seems somewhat unnecessary to continue on with an in-depth study.
The point has been made full well. Therefore, it would seem more useful to simply
provide a list of information and observations which those who wish to can look
into for themselves more fully.
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1 The American
College Dictionary; under "prayer"
Some information for this article
was obtained from documented papers written by unknown authors. We wish that we
could give the proper credit, but the Lord knows who they are will reward them
properly on that day!