Conversation with Brian Hayden on The Power of Ritual in Prehistory and secret societies as the missing link between religion and sociopolitical organization.
Part One: A Prehistorical Protection Racket (0 – 30 mins)
Aggrandizers and the specifics of secret societies, human evolution from hunter-gathers to transegalitarian society, the beginning of private property, aggrandizer self-promotion, feasting rituals, smoke and mirrors, demonstrations of the supernatural, regional networks, the pursuit of wealth, competing factions, blaming the spirits, beginnings of a thesis, the secret function of caves, diving the nature of rituals, European contact, a narrow window of opportunity, transformation rituals, the use of masks, power animals, traces of cannibalism.
Part Two: A Missing Link (30 mins – 52 mins)
The plundering of missionaries and government agents, the work of the devil, ecstatic experiences, the use of entheogens, the question of the supernatural, another dimension of reality, belief in the ancestors, controlled access, what secret society members believe, a transcendental currency, the severity of the cost for initiation, fasting and trauma-induced states, a missing link between religious belief and political organization, the original architecture, early priesthoods, distinguishing between elite culture and popular culture.
Part Three: The Implications of Aggrandizer Strategies (52 mins – 1 hr 23 mins)
Bottom-up mass religion, a religious tax system, Catholic colonization in Guatemalan, eliminating the Mayan elites, academic resistance to Hayden’s thesis, archeology’s exclusion of secret societies, Ruth Whitehouse, fashions in anthropology, different kinds of secret societies, the paranoid mindset, blaming the Patriarchy, Hollywood parallels, Polanski the imposer, a hierarchy of sociopathy, Jimmy Savile, seeing past the benevolent mask of the aggrandizer, the secret of manipulation, intelligence organization & occult societies, modern secret societies & social control.
Part Four: A Parallel Universe (1 hr 23 mins – end)
Deep state politics, elite networks, scarification patterns, paraphernalia, a parallel universe, amorality & initiation, cannibalism & transcending morality, Mexican drug cartels, the dark side of the force, accessing the supernatural through violence, the eight-fold path of the Buddhists, techniques for enlightenment, psychic fragmentation & siddhis, children & initiation, women’s place in secret societies, women secret societies, the subjugation of women, inequalities in the upper-paleolithic, conflicting interpretations of data, pipe dreams of academia, hierarchy and surplus, sharing & survival, the luxury of being an asshole, the crest of a down-turn.