August 12th, 2006

Bohemian Rhapsody… I mean, Grove

Cremation of Care Ritual

Groves are mentioned throughout the bible in connection with idolatry and sexual sin. The Bible Dictionary defines “grove” thusly:

In Hebrew, called Asherah (of which the plural is Asherim or Asheroth), either a living tree or a tree-like pole, set up as an object of worship, being symbolical of the female or productive principle in nature. Every Phoenician had an asherah near it. The word is often translated “green trees” or “grove.” This “nature worship” became associated with gross immorality, and so the practice of setting up such “groves” or idols was forbidden by Hebrew prophets (Deut. 16: 21; cf. Num. 25: 3; Judg. 2: 11-13; 1 Sam. 7: 3-4; 1 Kgs. 11: 5; Isa. 17: 8; Micah 5: 12 ).

The Lord repeatedly warned Israel against establishing groves and worshipping idols:

But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. (Deut. 7:5)

And then later in the bible, we see King Asa establishing righteousness by destroying such groves, as the Lord had repeatedly commanded on previous occasions:

For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: (2 Chronicles 14:3)

So why do I mention all of this? Because there are groves today. One such is named the Bohemian Grove.

The Wikipedia page has a great deal of information about this “campground”. It is a private club that boasts many top political leaders as participants and members. The page also describes:

With the combination of secrecy, power, and an elite bias, the Bohemian Grove is an attractive target for annual protests at the July encampment from political activists.

On July 15, 2000, Alex Jones and Mike Hanson infiltrated the Grove with two hidden video cameras and filmed the Cremation of Care ritual. In his documentary about the infiltration, Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grove, Jones contends that a large group of members engage in an “ancient Canaanite, Luciferian, Babylon mystery religion ceremony” involving a 45-foot statue of an owl.

Since the founding of the club, the Bohemian Grove’s symbol has been the owl, long held as a representative of wisdom. A forty-foot concrete owl stands at the head of the lake in the Grove and, since 1929, has served as the site of the yearly “Cremation of Care” ceremony

Check out this video of Alex Jones (mentioned above) interviewing top Presidential advisor David Gergen about the Bohemian Grove. It’s quite telling…

Also watch (or rather, listen to) this video of President Nixon talking about the sexual acts performed at the Bohemian Grove:

Alex Jones was able to sneak in a few years back (as he mentioned in his interview w/ Gergen) and record the Cremation of Care ritual. Here it is:

So, to sum up.. we have secret meetings with the top politicians, idol worship of a 45-foot statue of an idol, and homosexual conduct involved as well. All of this, mind you, taking place in a grove. Does this smell foul to anybody else?

15 Responses to “Bohemian Rhapsody… I mean, Grove”

  1. the narrator
    August 12, 2006 at 8:58 pm #

    Asherah was a fertility goddess. Many of the ancient Israelites believed she was Yahweh’s companion and for several years she was even symbolized in the Israelite temple. In the later priestly cleansing of the temple she was removed because she had become a symbol of worship (along with other sacred items which had become idolatrous; I believe Aaron’s staff was also removed).

    Dan Peterson has written an excellent paper comparing Nephi’s vision of the tree of life as a representation of Asherah. I believe it’s called “Nephi’s Asherah”.

  2. Connor
    July 13, 2008 at 6:17 pm #

    Looks like McCain, Bush, and Obama are set to visit the grove in upcoming days…

  3. Carissa
    July 15, 2008 at 9:19 am #

    How utterly creepy and bizarre. Is there any right-thinking American who doesn’t have a problem with this? Please, somebody tell me that this isn’t really going on… anybody?

  4. Nashville Don
    July 15, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    It’s very freaky and I want to get these freaks out of our Congress!

  5. americanprophecies
    May 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    the Owl represent Ishtar = Asherah = Astroth demon
    A female demon queen worshiped in Egypt as Isis
    For her circumcision was offered thousands years before Abraham was born, later Jews got circumcision from Egyptians and Jews joined Secret Society of Isis
    Now in America Jews are spreading circumcision and secret societies like Illuminati to America in order to control Americans as slaves for Jews.
    Muslims were enslaved by the Scarlet Woman (Aisha) a Jewish whore killed Prophet Mohammed with poison and she spread to Islam the rite of circumcision despite fact it was never mentioned in Quran

  6. outside the corridor
    May 27, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    americanprophecies, do be careful about using the term “Jews”–

    because most people are aware of the fact that it is not ALL of the Jews or even very many of them.

    There are evil societies within every society/group/culture.

    Those who have had more given to them have probably more of a tendency to have truly evil people among them, which is why *we* LDS need to be careful–

    I am sad reading this. I love trees, and I’ve never worshipped one–

    the idea that it is more ‘righteous’ to live in a desert, perhaps–

    how sad. How very sad. Places where trees are established are much healthier, generally–

    it’s a very strange thing, as though trees are intrinsically evil. How many more basically wholesome things in the cultures of the world have been demonized by use. Or misuse?

  7. jimz
    May 28, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Connor,
    I don’t believe this post at all. No commentary about the ‘sacred gove’ where Joseph Smith claimed to have his ‘first vision’. The salt lake church owns a wooded property with a replica of J.S. log home. Its unknown where the exact location of the first vision actually occured.

    Is this also a site where J.S. revealed the golden plates to the eight witnesses? The hill cumorah is also significant to the lds faith, also a sort of grove.

  8. jimz
    May 28, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    I noticed something else, the only references against ‘groves’ given are in the O.T. I suppose there won’t be any in the N.T. The garden of gethsemane I suppose could be also a sort of ‘grove’. This location is emphasized when LDS speak about the atonement. In the general christian population the cross is emphasized.

  9. outside the corridor
    May 28, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    Jimz, nobody could love trees more than I (or my husband; we are true tree huggers)–

    I love the Ents. I guess there are some people who have made the Ents sad/mad, and the Ents will march–

    On one level I believe that. I believe that groves can be used for good and for ill–

    but to outlaw them, because they’ve been used for ill is ridiculous–

    I mean what I say about Ents, too–

    J.R.R. Tolkien reader–

  10. jimz
    May 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Hello OTC,
    Great to hear from you. What is th ents? I am glad you are tree huggers. I think the original LDS movement was much more friendly to the environement and nature. There is an offshot of the LDS faith that only baptizes in rivers and lakes, as they are natural bodies of water. Some sects of judaism do some sort of ritual washing, but insist that it be done with natural water. Its in a basin with steps, and filtered to remove debree, but otherwise its not processed.

    The essenes believe in exposing their heart chakra to the sun every day during meditation. The min time of 10 minutes. I think humans need to remain in contact with nature. Thats why I sometimes wonder about the BOM saying that the ‘natural man’ is an enemy of god.

  11. outside the corridor
    May 29, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Have you seen Lord of the Rings, Jimz? The Ents are in there–

    Tolkien writes about the trees, how they were used by the evil people for war and how they finally rebel and destroy their evil ‘users’–

    very interesting, and the filmmakers do a good job of showing them, but the book is, as usual, much better–

    C. S. Lewis has ‘tree people’, too–and they are well-depicted both in his books (Chronicles of Narnia) and the movies–

    :)

    I agree very much about being exposed to nature; my husband and I believe that it is important when we garden (which we do a lot of) to get our hands directly into the soil, no gloves–
    same sort of thing–
    it does something that feels very wholesome–

    I do know people who are ‘mainstream’ LDS who have requested to be baptized outdoors; my own father was; he wanted to be–
    but he was only 8, and his request was granted; that was in 1933–

    very interesting–

    I don’t think the ‘natural man’ in the BOM is referring to nature at all; I think it is referring to people who indulge their worldly greed and deny their spiritual self–
    but that is just my opinion–

  12. jimz
    May 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    OTC,
    Reading from Mosiah 3: 16-19 it would seem its refering to anyone who is not a christian, a ‘fallen human’. Whoever doesn’t put of the ‘natural man’. That would be pagans, nature worshipers, hindus, atheists and everyone else that isn’t a christian.

    I saw a photo of my greatgrandmother, I actually saw beams of light coming off of her photo, she had been dead for at least 30 years. She was never converted to christianity, although my mother claims to have seen her in vision to be baptized for the dead. I think she was a very spiritual person. Fully pagan, fully natural.

  13. jimz
    May 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    OTC,
    I will have to read tolkien and CS lewis. Cs lewis has tree people? How does that fit into things? I had a very powerful dream in the last few months about the ‘world tree’ I was trying to cross it. The largest tree I ever saw, really powerful winds coming from below. Prior to this, I never thought that celtic mythology is what must have been in my family before they converted to christianity. At least on that side of the family. That was centuries ago. I have never really known anything about it.

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