Kid Writes Letter Asking Eagle Rock To Deal With Its Satanist Problem
As an Eagle Rock resident, I think of the neighborhood as a place full of moms with undercuts, the perfect setting for a normcore dramedy on HBO and a great place to stock up on Filipino cuisine essentials but the view from a Bible-thumping corner of the Midwest is a little different.
A young God-fearing Christian from Milwaukee wrote into the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council asking politely that they deal with a Satanist groups that are sacrificing humans, dogs and cats. And here we thought it was the coyotes! The letter-writer also suggested that since we're in a drought, we think about desalinization plans that wouldn't harm wildlife:
So who is this satanic cult taking over northeast Los Angeles and why aren't we on their mailing list? A little internet-sleuthing reveals that a group with an Eagle Rock P.O. box made the cut of an old list of Satanic cults. It seems that along with JNCO jeans and the X-Files, Satanic ritual abuse panic is making a comeback. The group is called Feraferia and it was formally chartered by Fred Adams in 1967 who lived in Pasadena and used to take groups up into the San Gabriel Mountains for rituals, according to a website dedicated to the group. The group was an offshoot of neopaganism dedicated to Hellenic goddess. It is big on being in touch with nature, the Goddess, faeries, vegetarianism and optional nudity. It doesn't sound like there was much in the way of animal sacrifice going on. Adams described his beliefs this way in "Hesperian Life and the Mother Way" in 1957 before the church was chartered:
I thought the Goddess wanted us to live this way. Not as we live (now) in "civilization". The way to start up would be to set up a paradisal sanctuary where people could go on the weekends, or those who wanted to stay could stay, with an emphasis on gardens, and above all orchards, tree crops and optional nudity and beautiful costumes, when dressed, and ceremony and so on, swimming, the whole works. Paradise! Why not have it? ... I felt the Goddess wanted me to emphasize the idea of paradise, a terrestrial paradise, which could be established. John Beggs (a good friend of Fred's) and I used to talk about getting some acres and beginning to work on such a paradise where the sources of food would be, above all, orchards, and of course also gardens, organic gardening, waterslides, swimming ponds and pools... We wanted to emphasize the paradisal life... with no violence, no conflicts, no struggle, and no combat.
It sounds like Feraferia hasn't been anywhere near Eagle Rock for awhile. Adams eventually moved up north to Nevada City with to be with his soul mate and co-ritualist Lady Svetlana in the 90s and he died in the late aughts. If you were in Austin earlier this month, however, you would have had the opportunity to take a workshop learn a bit about Feraferian magic and how to make your own faerie-ring henge.