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Marching diverts men’s thoughts. Marching kills thought. Marching makes an end of individuality. Marching is the indispensable magic stroke performed in order to accustom the people to a mechanical, quasi-ritualistic activity until it becomes second nature.

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited [Amazon, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Huxley Brave New World Revisited marching diverts kills thoughts end individuality indispensable magic stroke performed accustom people mechanical quasi-ritualistic second nature

After these came the Periphallia, a troop of men who carried long poles with Phalli hung at the end of them; they were crowned with violets and ivy, and they walked repeating obscene songs. These men were called Phallophori; these must not be confounded with the Ithyphalli, who, in indecent dresses and sometimes in women’s costume, with garlanded heads and hands full of flowers, and pretending to be drunk, wore at their waist-bands monstrous Phalli made of wood or leather; among the Ithyphalli also must be counted those who assumed the costume of Pan or the Satyrs. There were other persons, called Lychnophori, who had care of the mystic winnowing-fan, an emblem whose presence was held indispensable in these kinds of festivals. Hence the epithet ‘Lychnite’, given to Bacchus.

Richard Francis Burton & Leonard C Smithers, Priapeia, Introduction

Hermetic quote Burton Smithers Priapeia Periphallia phalli Phallophori Ithypalli Pan Satyrs Lychnophori Lycnite Bacchus