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Plastic Wax Factory Vol 06 91 - STARRY WISDOM CULT

STARRY WISDOM CULT. Group of devotees of Nyarlathotep who met in Providence, Rhode Island between 1844 and 1877. Professor Enoch Bowen, a well-known expert on the occult and archaeology, founded the cult after his return from an expedition in Egypt. The congregation, which met in the old Free-Will church, swelled as time went on. In 1863, the Starry Wisdom Church had over two hundred members. A branch church opened for a brief while in Townshend, Vermont, and missionary efforts to Arkham began. Even after the death of Bowen in the 1860s, the church continued under the leadership of a Dr. Raymond Flagg. The nature of the cult's worship was kept a secret, but several rumors began to be circulated. According to some sources, the cult owned a sacred artifact known only as the Shining Trapezohedron, which Professor Bowen had brought with him from Egypt. By gazing upon this sacred object, the members could call up a being known as the Haunter of the Dark, who shared dread secrets with the faithful. This being could only be summoned in absolute darkness; if it were exposed to light for any period of time, it would be banished. The cult's rituals consisted of obeisances to this object, sprinkled with pseudo-Egyptian mysticism.
 In 1877, the town leaders finally took action against the cult, due to evidence of its involvement in the kidnappings of several individuals. After a campaign of harassment and threats, 181 of the former cultists left the city before the end of the year. The Starry Wisdom cult had been disbanded, and its sacred  books and relics remained within their crumbling old church until the town demolished the structure in the mid-1930s.
 It is rumoured that the sect continued its meetings in Providence in secret, under the leadership of Asenath Bowen, a relative of Enoch.
 Various cults giving themselves the Starry Wisdom name have come and gone over the years. One church in Yorkshire, England, which flourished between 1880 and 1890, may have been under the leadership of Raymond Flagg. Some have also linked this religion to the Celestial Providence sect in Chicago that was destroyed in the fire of 1871. One branch set up in Arkham during the Twenties, but it was disbanded in 1927 after its leader's death. A more recent Starry Wisdom Church appeared in San Francisco, but was destroyed by arson.
 A Chicago area congregation known as the Church of Seven Stars is believed to have connections to the Starry Wisdom dating back over a century.
More recently, rumors have linked certain disappearances, mostly in Canada to cells of the Starry Wisdom cult. The group is very secretive, however, so is impossible to be sure if these organizations are connected with each other through affiliation or doctrine.

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