People sometimes ask me when I’m teaching on this topic, why do you have to bring religion into it? Through my research over the years I have discovered, that every component of Thug Mentality is religious, even the name “thug” itself. Believe it or not, all of it has its roots in Bible history. It is impossible to deal with this subject effectively, without dealing with it from a spiritual level. To do otherwise, would be just plucking the fruit and leaving the root.
I do not ask my caseloads any more when they plan to get out of their gang. I now ask them “when are you going to come out of that religious cult?”
Thug Culture a Cult?
After researching the history of the dark Babylonian arts, it is evident that street gangs possess and practice everything a typical pagan cult does.
Let me explain: The definition of an occult is: relating to, involving, or typical of the supposed supernatural, magic, or witch craft.
Lets first look at some of the cultic practices that were done in ancient Babylon:
* Sexual Perversion
* Musical Worship
* Dancing (a form of worship)
* Painting Symbols (graffiti)
How many similarities do you see between these acts of the occult and those of the street gang? The music industry has become the street cult’s supreme guru and church. This music has created a cult of millions of thug “wannabes.”
What is a Cult and where do Cults come from?
The question I’m often asked is where did all these religions and gods come from and how do I know which one is the true one? Well if you believe the Holy Bible, (which later on in this book I will present to you undeniable proof why the Bible is the most supernatural and accurate book ever created.) and do your research, you will discover that you can trace all the foreign gods such as Tao (Taoism-Yin and Yang, associated with martial arts, Yoga, Feng Shui and Tai Chi), the numerous Hindu gods such as Kali, Shiva, Greek gods such as Zeus, Amitra, and even the Muslim god Allah, back to ancient pagan worship, dating to Babylon B.C. as described in the book of Genesis of the Old Testament.
Bruce Lee, the deceased legendary martial artist writes (Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living):
On unity with Tao-A personal experience: “I lay on the boat and felt that I had united with Tao; I had become one with nature.”
In his book, Tao of Jeet Kune Do: He writes:
“The spirit is no doubt the controlling agent of our existence. This invisible seat controls every moment in whatever situation arises. It is thus, to be extremely freedom never “stopping” in any place at any moment, preserve this state of spiritual freedom and non attachment as soon as you assure the fighting stance. Be ‘master of the house.’”
Entertainment is one of the biggest catalysts of the occult, because entertainment molds the culture within our communities. We have Harry Potter, which has inspired countless youth to experiment and engage in witchcraft and the occult. Why? Because the youth are eagerly looking for something powerful, real and supernatural to solve life’s problems and bring excitement and purpose into their lives.
The Disney series “That’s so Raven” is a show about a young hip girl with psychic abilities, which she utilizes to navigate herself and others magically out of life’s problems. The Bible defines this as witchcraft. Jesus’ disciples casted out a fortune telling demon out of a girl in the New Testament book of Acts.
Criss Angel, a modern day warlock, who dresses and looks like a rock star, has his own show on the Discovery Channel, where he demonstrates his black magic every week. In one episode he walks on water, in another he walks straight through glass.
But where did this cultic worship start? The Holy Bible brings light on this in the Book of Genesis, in the Garden of Eden. Believe it or not, but many of the cult legends and beliefs validate accounts of the Garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel.
My brother-in law who is a missionary trainer told me of a friend he had who went to do mission work in a primitive village in Africa. When he began to tell the tribe about the biblical story of Babylon, how the people had begun to build the Tower of Babel, he noticed the tribal members became very attentive. Once he had finished telling the story, one of the elders of the tribe (through a translator), told him that the story of Babel had been passed down to their tribe for centuries, and that his ancestors where involved in that monumental construction project. This tribe was so primitive that they had no written language, and had never heard or been told about the Holy Bible until the missionary spoke of it.
In many of these occults throughout the world, they pay homage to the snake or serpent as a sign of wisdom. Let me give you a little background on the serpent from a cultic perspective. One of the Babylonian gods named Asherah, in which the Israelites of the Old Testament in their disobedience built Altars to called “high places”(where perverted sexual rituals were performed under) believed that it was Asherah’s snake that enlightened Eve to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge so she could be empowered and be like God. A satanist on my unit told me he believed likewise. Many religions such as the ancient Mayans and voodoo tribes also paid homage to the serpent.
It was Satan, the serpent, which first isolated and convince Eve to eat from the forbidden fruit. Satan tempted her by making her believe that he would reveal to her a powerful secret. A secret that he said would empower her to be like God. The temptation was so great for Eve, that she disobeyed God’s divine order of Adam as headship over the home, and asserted herself to make this tragic decision herself, (1 Timothy 2:14).
Satan’s great secret was “sin”, and steadily through out the years he cleverly crafted sin within man-made religion. Once Eve took part of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and gave it to her husband Adam, Satan’s secret would be revealed for all mankind. Satan had a diabolical plan to get man to meet their fate in the eternal lake of fire just like he and his demons would. Satan had been ejected out of Heaven, for the treason he committed against Almighty God as the head angel. Lucifer, which he was known at the time as, was found with the sin of pride in his heart. He desired to place his throne over God. He wanted to be like God. The Holy Bible makes it very clear that Satan’s main objective and mission is to be worshiped, whether directly or indirectly. We see this in scripture when Satan attempted to get Jesus to worship him in the desert during the 40-day fast. The Bible describes how Satan set up temples so people would sacrifice to his demons which indirectly gave him worship, because he is the king of the demonic under world. All false gods and religions are creations of Satan, therefore the worship of them, is the worship of Satan.
1 Corinthians 10:20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.
1 Corinthians 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.
1 Timothy 4:1 [ Instructions to Timothy ] The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Revelation 9:20 The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
Revelation 16:14 They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
This is the culture of thug mentality. The music these artists create is all about worship and glorification unto themselves. Through their talents, they have obtained followers who worship and idolize them, known as fans. Hip Hop artists Jay Z and 50 Cent are now doing Reebok commercials, in which the slogan is “I Am, What I Am”, a quote from God in Exodus 3:14. This is what the Hip Hop culture is teaching, to be your own god. The Hip Hop culture and the thug culture are synonymous in that they are one in the same.
Kimora Lee Simmons, the wife of Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons writes in her new book:
“I am a goddess and my body is my temple.”
Back to the story, Satan in his bitterness for being casted out of heaven wanted revenge, knowing he was no match for his creator. Satan and his demons planned to attack God indirectly, by deceiving man, because they hated God, and anything that resembled his image and man was made in God’s own image, so Satan’s goal is to deceive mankind to qualify them for eternal damnation.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
So what was Satan’s secret? After Adam and Eve broke God’s commandment, they were evicted out of the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life, which was beside the Tree of Knowledge, was protected so they could not eat it and live forever. The consequence of their sin was death both physical and spiritual (eternal damnation which meant total separation from God for eternity) along with the curses of life (sickness, famine, toiling of the land, etc…). After the eviction from the Garden of Eden, man was sent into a cursed world, full of famine, disease, danger and excruciating hard labor. Man needed help. God still stretched out power (magic, witchcraft, divination, sorcery) over their problems and over others, along with giving them pride and the belief that they were too divine and in control (like a god or goddess).
Satan offered quick spiritual solutions to man, in that he introduced new substitute gods to man. Knowing man had the innate desire to worship God, Satan fabricated a host of counterfeit gods to be worshiped, through rituals which catered to man’s sinful natures of pride, sexual perversion, drug use(sorcery) among others, and in return he promised to bless them, by relieving some of the curse put on them by God. Satan gave them hope that through the rituals to those gods, that they too could promote to become a god or goddess status (common belief of cults).
To be successful at this plan, Satan carefully crafted cultures which met man’s fleshly desires. The acts of all the rituals to the gods had to be sinful. That’s how Satan finally got what he wanted. And what was that? He finally obtained worship by getting man to perform sinful rituals to the false gods he created which were dedicated to himself. In doing this, Satan was also able to hurt God’s heart. He knew that God’s Word stated that the price of sin was death, not just natural, but spiritual death in the spiritual is hell first, than the lake of fire. What better way to get back at God, than to deceive and send the very ones that God sent His Son Jesus to die for, to eternal damnation?
These religious cultures created by Satan became known as the occult. The next segment will enlighten you on how these very pagan rituals from Babylon are blatantly and covertly embedded not only in thug mentality, but many of the cultures in America and have been since this country’s infancy.
Satan has covertly infiltrated our society with cultic elements since the birth of this country, but that’s a whole other book I’m currently working on. But to give you a little preview, for starters, the woman portrayed on the Statue of Liberty is the pagan goddess Ishtar and the woman on the California Seal is the pagan goddess Minerva. The Washington Monument is modeled after a pagan obelisk (used in sexual perverted rituals which included homosexuality to the gods and goddesses). It was and is still used in pagan societies to worship the pagan gods of Baal. Pagan symbols such as the pyramid, and the “all seeing eye”on our one-dollar bill, are all elements of witchcraft. January, March, Saturday, Sunday, Jupiter, Mercury are not just days, months, planets and cars, these are the names of ancient pagan gods and goddesses which have covertly crept into our society and have embedded themselves into our culture. The Statue of Liberty is the great harlot talked about in Revelations (Chapter 17). It is a replica of the goddess Ishtar- a consort or companion of Ashera, the goddess that King Solomon was guilty of offering sacrifices to in the Old Testament.
In the medical field, we have the ancient physician Hippocrates (460 BC-380 BC), the Greek physician known as the father of medicine, who instructed his students in astrology, saying, “He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool.” Each of the astrological signs (along with the Sun, Moon, and planets) are associated with different parts of the human body. Also, many natural herbals are referred to as being under the influence of a planet.
The common “medical” symbol used by organizations is of a short rod entwined by two snakes and capped by a pair of wings, which represents the caduceus or magic wand of the Greek god Hermes (Roman Mercury), messenger of the gods, originator of incantations (magic), conductor of the dead and guardian of thieves and merchants. This is a segment of one of the versions of the Hippocratic Oath which medical doctors take in this country even up today:
“I swear by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Health, by Heal-all, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.”
So does this mean we shouldn’t respect America and its government? Of course not, in the gospels, Jesus paid taxes to the pagan government in his day and even instructed others to do like wise. He stated; “give Caesar what’s Caesar’s and to God what’s God’s” (Matthew 22:21). In the book of Romans, God’s Word tells us to respect the governing authorities.
1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Does this mean these pagan symbols and cultures are okay with God? By no means, there is a spiritual consequence to everything done in the natural world. That is the reason why the crime and immorality are at an all time high. The seeds of these sins were planted at this country’s infancy. Yes, this country was founded on Christian principles, however the truth is it was also founded on many pagan ones too. Some of the founding “Christian fathers,” were Free Masons, which mixed Christianity with paganism. The Masons if you do your research are a modern day extension from Cabalism.
Cabalism was one of the dark arts, learned and practiced by the Israelites when they were held captive in Egypt. When the Catholic Church was being formed in the 3rd Century, there were secret groups that held on to the dark secrets of Cabalism at the same time attempting to hold on to some elements of Christianity. This doctrine evolved into the Gnostic gospels, which mixed sexual ritual, goddess worship and elements of the Bible’s New Testament together. They rejected the God of the Old Testament, because they blamed him from trying to keep back the knowledge in the Garden of Eden. The Gnostic gospels are the whole foundation in which the Da Vinci Code is based on. The Gnostic gospels were not admitted into the Holy Bible, because of their blasphemous doctrine and the fact they were written 150 to 300 years after the events they were testifying of. The writers of the New Testament were there at the time of the events and there were many witnesses to testify for them, such as the Roman historian Josephus.
Although America is known as a Christian nation, the fact remains it was also built upon many pagan beliefs. Think about it? How else do you think a nation could cultivate and condone such sinful acts such as: slavery, racism, abortion, and homosexuality among others. Though America is not alone, the paganism epidemic has spread like a cancer through government through out the world, starting from the first structure of government in Mesopotamia B.C.
Know your Enemy
God tells us not to be unaware of Satan’s schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). We all have the same enemy; his name is Satan or the devil. Any war general will tell you, that in order to effectively fight your enemy you must know his schemes. Many are indulging in pagan cultures and worship to these false gods unknowingly, yet because of the spiritual laws in place; some are reaping the same consequences of those who do it knowingly. The Bible says, ” My people perish for a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6) Satan is continuously looking for willing vessels (bodies) which will open themselves up to worshiping his many false gods and their cultures directly or indirectly. This is all designed to plant sinful desires within, in order to do his (Satan) will. Again, his goal is to direct you down a path of self-destruction to eternal damnation.
Hyphy Movement Culture
I was talking to two wards a couple of weeks ago from the Bay Area, and they informed me about a new cultural movement that with the help modern satellite technology is spreading world-wide fast. It’s a movement called the Hyphy Movement. When I asked the wards what the movement was about, they all gave me similar answers such as: “You Go stupid, dumb, retarded.” Then they told me about a ritual of the movement called Thizz’n, which is about taking “E-Pills”(Ecstasy drug/along with misc. drugs capsulated within). I’ll let them tell it to you in their own words:
“Sometimes I thizz, Sometime I shroom, But whatever I do. I stay a tycoon!”
The hyphy movement is basically us niggaz from the ghetto throughout the Bay Area really dancing and functioning in the streetz, mostly hanging out of cans while the doors are open. Sometimes it gets out of hand due to katz coming from other cities and towns not knowing about the movement and trying to fit in and fall victim in this movement.
Going hyphy: Is not ever said, going dumm! Going dumm is shaking your dreads, hair period. If you aint got none, shaking your head wil do while hitting your turf dance. While going 18, which is another word used for getting hyphy in the Bay Area, we worship the music we listen to because most of the sh** we done did, or listen to because of the beat or simply cause the rapper’s from our “stable” which means our town city or block. We go dumm mostly off a thizzle, which is also called Stunnaz, E Thaz and Ex. The pill for most , gets us comfortable enough to dance, even sometimes for some it helps them drive better. This is the movement in the bay area that every child, teenager and adults is in some (way) affiliated with. We get drunk, not really pissy drunk, but enough to know whats going on around you, but enough to hang out our scraper’z and yell out our blocks that were in to each other. A scraper is a car by the name of a Buick in the year of the middle 80s to the late 90s. These cars are called scrappers because the dubz we put on them rub and scrape up against the fender and (make) a scrape like sound. We have side shows which is where niggaz from everywhere, mostly Oakland, come together on a strip in the town and start swanging and scraping our cars in circles. The cleanest cars, trucks, wagons, even vans on dubz profiling in front of hella niggaz.
We even got this hyphy movement with cars called the hyphy train. That’s all cars from the side show and cars that was just watching form a long line and paint the town from like 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Painting the town is going from the east to the west and from the west to the north. Remember going dumm, going crazy, and aint listening is the same. Dancin drunk hella high off grapes which is purple weed that is the best weed out since “lite.” This is truly a movement in the Bay.
All day, everyday, you’ll find someone in any kind of car profiling in and out of lanes “gassin” and or “braken.” We highspeed from the police ‘cause most of us aint got licenses and we call that “taking them on one,” basically a long drive without giving up to the law. You learn more from listening to these rappers .keak da sneak, e 40, Mac Dre, The Team, Federation and yes the famous youngster from North Oakland FxAxBx. Use this information to build this hyphy movement we got going not knock our foundation we’re creating. Thizz nation! Go Dumm, Go Stupid. S.T.U.P.I.D.
A function is a social affair. A function is a place where a bunch of niggas as well as females go to have a good time. I would say the bigger percent of people that go to these functions are young black males from the ages 13 to 32 and usually are in some way or the other involved in the fast life, you know pimping, murder, dope game type sh@% and at the end of a lot of functions, things tend to get ugly. So my advice is if you are scared, then go to church. But yeah, there are all types of functions; for example, a rave is a sort of function. This is more of a middle class type of affair, where anything’s goes sex, drugs whatever. White people usually throw raves but in the Bay us dudes don’t discriminate, if its poppin’ then we are there and at most of the raves I’ve been to, you had to pay to get in but you got free e pills (ecstasy), as much as you can take and its open sex, you see people fu%#ing a little bit of everywhere. But that is a sort of function. But the functions I tend to go to, with me being in the dope game lifestyle, are a little different. In Oakland that’s all we do is get money, fu%# and have fun. The type of functions we go to are side shows, concerts, and block parties. Me and my niggas have even turned high school basketball or football events into a function. Me and my rowdy as# partners would just get on the side line and get real loud and hyphy and pump the crowd up until everyone is going dumb. Here is a quote from a Bay Area rapper Mac Dre:
“‘We go S.T.U.P.I.D. when we go to the club we don’t need I.D. everywhere we go it’s a party y’all and we go get it crackin like the mardi gras we go stupid…
” That’s real as fu%#, that’s all we do, and everyday of my life when I was free was action packed but yeah, a side show is a function where a bunch of guys come together at a known rendezvous point with clean, fast cars and start hittin’ donuts, then other cars come and join in and onlookers comes to look and pretty soon you have a function with a bunch of hyphy dudes and gangs of females and music. These side shows go on for hours and word spreads quick that one is going on so pretty soon it’s a lot of different people from different turfs, cities or spots and that’s why it gets ugly toward the end. The lil’ function usually gets broken up by gunfire, but hey, who am I to complain. probably one of the dudes doing the shooting. But yeah, like I said a function is a social affair where dudes get hyphy, go dumb and thizz all at the same time, so the functions I attend, with me being from the Bay are an everyday thing.
Quote: “We thizz super sick with it we is super sick with it Hey scrapa scrapa filled up with the ripper’s purple purple gone off that liquor.”
And if you want to know more about the functions, then go to one.
Let me give you a little background on the spiritual origin of this movement. The movement is based on the worship of the Greek god Dionysus.
The followers of Dionysus believed that he was the presence that possessed a craving within man that desires to “let itself go” and to “give itself over” to their lusts and passions, in other words “anything goes”. Dionysus was known as the spirit of unbridled passion which meant they appeased this god by giving into the most sinful desires, with no willful restraint. Dionysus’s companion was Pan the demon god of sexuality and lust, also of music (there are numerous Hollywood Artists who pay homage to Pan for the spiritual gift of music).
The most celebrated guru of this Pan movement was Aleister Crowley (1875-1947).
Crowley was a faithful worshiper of Pan. He had his “Hymn to Pan” read at his funeral: “ I rave and I rape and I rip and I rend Everlasting world without end!” Crowley had a significant impact on the music industry, especially rock & roll, which later evolved into heavy metal.
Ozzy Osbourne called Crowley “a phenomenon of his time” (Circus, Aug. 26, 1980, p. 26). Ozzy even had a song called “Mr. Crowley.” “You fooled all the people with magic, You waited on Satan’s call Mr. Crowley, won’t you ride my white horse”
Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson said: “we’ve referred to things like the tarot and ideas of people like Aleister Crowley” (Circus, Aug. 31, 1984). Their song “The Number of the Beast” said, “666, the number of the beast 666, the one for you and me.”
Marilyn Manson has a song entitled: “Misery Machine” the lyrics say, “We’re gonna ride to the abbey of Thelema.” The Abbey of Thelema was the temple of Satanist Aleister Crowley.
Crowley, who was also a Freemason, died a heroin addict. His last words were “I am perplexed (confused).”
This demon Pan was known to rival up other demons on earth to cause chaos, which came to be known as pandemonium.
There are many cultic tribes throughout the world who worship Dionysus. Just like in going “Hyphy”, which the movement states means going “dumb and stupid”, the worshipers of Dionysus are no different. The Greeks “going dumb” rituals escalated from getting drunk and “high”, to orgies, rape, incest, murder and even cannibalism to the point to where they ate their victims alive, both human and animals, all for the purpose of giving praise and worship to Dionysus. Think these horrific behaviors are foreign to the Hip Hop thug industry?
Think again, there is now a song by a very popular gangsta rap artist named “Brotha Lynch Hung” who has a song about cannibalism entitled, “The Return of the Baby Killa”, the song is about his fetish for eating babies. A ward on our unit had the rapper’s lyrics written down on paper in his cell. I discovered it during a cell search. When I questioned him and his peers about the song, they all gave the artist and the song high ratings. One of the individuals stated that it made him fantasize about doing cannibalism. These are the seeds that are being planted in this generation. Think music doesn’t have this power? Listen to one of the artist’s from Bone Thugs and Harmony boast about their influence on this nation:
Quote from the website: (www.bonethugsnharmony.com) “It’s basically what we’ve been trying to organize ever since we came out,” Krayzie says of the mission for the group’s new album. “We wanted to have a following of a whole lot of thugs and if you listen to what is going on in the industry today, that’s all people are talking about and claiming to be, thugs. You haven’t heard nothing about gangsters. We were trying to create a Thug World Order that we’d be running. We aren’t finished with it yet.”
This group has sold more than 15 million albums and has won a Grammy.
Tattooing is quickly becoming a fast growing ritual in the thug culture. Many get them to show society their allegiance to the thug life. There was a time when a person would usually have to take off their shirt or roll up their sleeves to show off their tattoos, but now the growing trend is to have tattoos printed on blatant parts of the body, such as the hands, wrist, neck and even face. This has become a harmful and even deadly trap magnet for many, especially gang members who tattoo their gang or disrespectful slogans about their rivals on these areas of their body.
This week I was talking with a ward who just recently placed “Fu@# It” on his eye lids, he also had “666” (mark of the beast) on the back of his shaved head. Another had “Fu%# the World” on the front of I don’t give a fu#%”, and then smiled in a deviant manner.
These gangs and thug-related tattoos build up major obstacles for these incarcerated individuals when they attempt to break back into the job market after they are released. Often after they experience the rejection from the appearance of their bold tattoos, many violators have conveyed to me that they felt justified to turn back into a life of crime, which often led them into a state of hopelessness and depression, which opened the door to walk back into the thug life where they felt loved and accepted.
As I have stated earlier, thug mentality is all about intimidation, because the culture’s belief is that intimidation is power and power creates respect. What better way to put intimidation in others than putting obscene, bold artwork and scary words all over your body for others to see? Putting their gang name on them is to convey that they have no fear and that they are willing to take on any challenge placed before them. Tattooing evil pictures and words such as snakes, demons, skeletons and guns is often a defense mechanism, to convey to others that they have an evil nature within so beware it’s the same concept as of a “Beware of Dog” sign.
The person that tattoos their body like this also knows that people know that this is not normal behavior and that they will appear to look crazy or insane to the public which is their objective. Why? The majority of people in society fear crazy people, because they can be violent and unpredictable. They know insane and crazy people intimidate those in society, so if they appear that way, than in their eyes they obtain immediate power and respect from others. Criminals believe it makes it a lot easier when committing crimes on their victims because fear and intimidation is present by the mere appearance of their tattoos.
Intimidation is the philosophy which is consistent in all aspects of the thug culture such as the thug attire (gang-related, sagging pants), jeweled teeth grills, excessive piercings, bizarre hairstyles or shaved heads along with the playing of loud and obscene music. It’s all about “shock value”, because the belief is, that shock presents automatic fear and intimidation.
History of Tattooing
Again, we can look back into the past and see that tattooing was a spiritual art form, which derived from eastern religions in pagan societies such as Babylon. Many people ignorantly are rushing to tattoo parlors selecting any piece of artwork that looks “cool” or “cute”, not knowing the spiritual background and harmful consequence that the artwork or words might have on their life. God said, “Ye shall not make am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:28). God said this because tattooing was a spiritual ritual of worship to the many false gods in the pagan culture. In the 10 Commandments, God said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). For not following these commandments, the consequence would be curses. A spiritual ritual to pagan gods is witchcraft also known as sorcery. This is detestable to God. Listen to God’s thoughts on this practice:
“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
This is God’s spiritual law, tattooing is a direct violation of His commandment. He didn’t just make this commandment to be controlling, he made it because he loves us, and wants to protect us from the evil spirits (demons).
In the occult, tattoos were utilized as a way to open the portal of the soul to channel in spirits (which were demonic). In other words, a tattoo is a door to the soul. Specific tattoos were utilized for various purposes. Such as if a cult member wanted protection, he would get a tattoo of a warrior god or would get a tattoo put on them of a wild animal to channel the nature and fighting skills of the creature. If they were sick, they would get a tattoo of a healing god, believing they would be healed. In some cults, it is a common belief that after an individual dies, tattoos will help them be recognized in the after life. Believing that the spiritual guides can lead them to their divine destination without tattoos, they believe you will be lost in the after life wandering around restlessly.
In Hawaii, they even have tattoo priests and temples that assist individuals in obtaining what they believe to be the appropriate tattoos for the person’s needs and spiritual development.
SIDE NOTE: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Explains the Spiritual Meaning of his tattoos:
What Does Dwayne’s Polynesian Tattoo Mean?
In early 2003, Dwayne traveled to Hawaii to have his family history tattooed on him—a Samoan tradition. Here he reveals the meanings of his tattoo.
A) These are coconut leaves, or niu, which denote a Samoan chief-warrior.
B) This is the sun which brings good fortune.
C) This isa/ga fa’atasi (three people in one). That’s me with my arms open. As it continues on my chest, it connects to my o lo’u to’a/ua (my wife, Dany) and my o lo’u afafine (my daughter, Simone Alexandra).
D) These descending swirls represent past, present and future, with the future becoming ever bigger. The pattern continues under my arm, where its meaning is written: “It changes in the place where it is found to be gone.”
E) These two eyes, called o mata e lua, represent my ancestors watching over my path.
F) This is the Great Eye, It’s an intimidating symbol that allows its user to possess the spirit of his enemy. The eye is used to distract the enemy in a confrontation.
G) This broken face, marked by shark teeth—a symbol of strength—is my spirit protector and a symbol of my struggle.
H) This is the priest and spiritual guide, who raises a warrior to enlightenment and supernatural power under the eyes of the warrior’s ancestors.
I ) These are stones of achievement and abundance. They’re the foundation of my life and symbols of my dedication. They bring the right to stand and speak with honor as a Tula Fale—a high talking chief—and they maintain mana, or supernatural power.
J) This is a tortoise shell, to deflect evil spirits. Warriors used shells as shields.
The occult also believes that the pain they endure from the tattooing and piercings are taken up as a sacrifice to the gods, in which they will be rewarded for enduring it. Much of the drawings, symbols and line- design patterns in these tattoo shops are of the occult, they are utilized to summon spirits. This means the original creator of the artwork received the inspiration through sorcery and divination for spiritual purposes. It is impossible to separate the artwork from the curse, because they are one in the same. Many people have the Yin and Yang (black and white symbol) tattoo which is associated with yoga, tai chi and martial arts. This is a symbol of the pagan god Tao, which its believers say split into Yin and Yang and controls the earth with the five elements of nature. They believe that success and harmony in life comes from controlling the energy from the elements called “Chi”. This is done through breathing techniques, crystals and yoga exercises among other things. Some satanists will get a pentagram print. Later ,in this book, I will tell the story of two wards who were in a cell of former satanists two wards stated that demons would come out of the pentagram and torment them with fear. Take notice that though these wards did not make the pentagram, they were still tormented by being in the midst of its presence, because the artwork was satanically ordained as a door to the demonic spirit world.
How many individuals have been duped into getting tattoo prints on them which have opened a demonic spiritual door into their soul? Tattoos are a form of sorcery (communication with evil spirits) which gives worship whether intentional or unintentional to pagan gods, which is giving glory to Satan.
Recently, I was viewing a documentary on television on the various cultural practices of tattooing. It had footage of monks in Thailand conducting a massive religious ceremony for the intent to ignite and recharge the spiritual tattoos of the cult members. During the ceremony, over 200 tattooed individuals became spiritually possessed by the spirit of the images tattooed on them, which they referred to as deities. I watched in amazement as these grown men went ballistic running uncontrollably in an unorthodox manner like wild beasts. Those who had animal tattoos on them were acting out in the nature of the animal. A cult member with a snake tattoo on him fell to the ground violently and started slithering on the ground, one with a tiger tattoo begin roaring like a lion with his hands in the air like claws and then started to run and jump like the beast.
When a member of the documentary team interviewed the cult members, they reported that they had been taken over by a spirit against their will. This tattoo ritual practice is not just practiced in Thailand. It is widely practiced throughout the world and has been for thousands of years, having its origin in cultic witchcraft and slavery. Just as slave owners in ancient times marked their slaves, tattooing has been a way Satan has marked individuals as slaves to his sin, the demons being their under-masters.
What to do if you have Tattoos:
* Ask God for deliverance from any curses and evil spirits associated with your tattoos. A prayer of deliverance is on page:262 ****
* Get them removed. There are non-profit organization which offer grants for individuals to get gang-related tattoos removed for free. I heard one minister state that he was believing for God to supernaturally remove tattoos for those who wanted to be delivered from them. I believe this too. I myself have been supernaturally healed so I am a true believer of miracles. The Holy Bible says: “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
Ever wonder why we have a desire at times to curse, to say sinful things that are out of context or literally don’t make sense grammatically in what we are attempting to communicate at the time? Cursing is a sinful act, which Satan uses to curse the curser. Cursing is an old witchcraft art form. It was used for the intent to speak out destruction and spells overs someone. However, throughout the years, Satan has slickly embedded cursing into many individuals day to day vocabulary. People curse for different reasons; such as to fit in, to emphasis their argument, to intimidate or to be merely comical. The Holy Bible says: “life and death are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).
As I said, individuals curse for different reasons; however, the curse words associated with their statements don’t make grammatical sense. Cursing is a desire which Satan attempts to place in an individual to spew out sinful taboo words, which are fecal, sexual, malicious or sacrilegious in nature. For spewing out these abominations, there are real spiritual consequences. God says in His word that we will be held accountable for every idle word on Judgement Day we say (Matthew 12:36). Bottom line, cursing is sin, and God’s Word says that the price of sin is death. The Word also says that God will not be mocked; a man will reap what he sows. When a person recklessly speaks forth curse words whether in anger or in their daily conversation, in the spirit realm, they’re being held accountable for every word they say. Those words are seeds of curses and death, because they are sin, and remember the price of sin is death. A person’s words are planting death seeds in their life which will grow harmful curses. This is a spiritual law, just like gravity in the natural. That individual is literally cursing their life on a daily basis and not even knowing it, and that’s the way Satan has purposed it. He attempts to manipulate us through embedding sin in society’s custom and cultures so individuals can curse their lives away.
The Empowerment of a Street Name
At the prison, you can often learn something about an individual’s character and past by simply knowing their “street name” or the terminology we use at the institution, “moniker”. For example, a ward nicknamed, “Do Dirty” most likely is known for his dirty or sinful deeds. “Skitzo” acts like Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde, and probably displays a bipolar condition. “Cocaine” tells others his drug of choice and “Weasel” is usually small, sneaky and always up to something mischievous. “Crazy”, well, that needs no further definition. the music industry encourages street names. Here are just a few of the names of some main stream gangsta rappers:”X-Raided, Mack 10, Ghost Face Killa, the ideology is that the more deviant the name, the more their respected in the thug culture, because evil is equated to power. This is because evil creates fear by intimidation and intimidation is perceived as respect in the thug culture.
How Can a Street Name Be Harmful?
The Bible states that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Prov.18:21). Something that comes from the tongue is our names. Names are very sacred to God. If we look in the scriptures, we see how God gave specific names to his servants. For example, he changed Abram’s name, because of his faith and obedience to Abraham which means “father of a multitude”(he was given the birth seed of Israel). His wife Sarai’s name God changed to “Sarah” which means “Princess”. God changed Jacob’s name who was the father of the twelve Israeli tribes to Israel, which means “God’s strong one”. Any time God named or renamed someone there was always a spiritual meaning and intended purpose behind it.
When we use this frame of reference and look at a name like “criminal” or “Do Dirty”, what is the meaning of such a name? Just like there is the law of gravity in the earthly hemisphere, there are also spiritual laws such as the one I presented earlier. “Life and Death” are in the power of the tongue (Prov.18:21). God prophetically named his servants based on what he planned for them to accomplish in their lives. When we look at Satan’s name, the name Satan literally means slander. It has been his mission to slander God’s name since his eviction from heaven. Satan has assigned and named his legions of demons also because he too understands the power of names.
Many of those in ministry I’ve talked to have testified, during demon expulsion sessions, that evil spirits inside the possessed individuals would speak or screech out their names when commanded to by the name of Jesus (Phillipians 2:10). Names such as: Lust, Rebellion, Hate, Homosexuality are just some of the names of these demons (which identifies their assignment). I , once had a possessed and deranged ward on a psychiatric unit who kept laughing in a demonic creepy way while he was displaying bizarre behavior tell me in a deviant tone that his name was “malice”, when I asked him in a commanding tone what his name was. Yet for that split second, he stopped laughing and became devilishly serious when he said the name. I knew by the Holy Spirit it wasn’t him talking but a demon inside him identifying itself.
If Satan can name an individual what he wants, then he is likely to exercise his demonic prophetic forces over them, this goes in line with the spiritual laws. So when an individual accepts a name like Dirty D, Crazy, Lazy, Cocaine, Criminal, the power behind the name is often what they can become. Whether it was a name, which described a characteristic trait, or the trait of an older “O.G. Homey” (experienced and respected older gang member), the given name brought forth a prophetic manifestation. When an individual gives acceptance to a moniker or nickname which depicts a negative characteristic trait or is purposely named after an individual that embraced sin, this reinforces over and over, every time that name is said, the demonic power of the name over the individual’s life.
Recently, I counseled a teenage boy in the community whose father was killed in a gang-related shooting when he was an infant. The father was a well known gang member. The son who I counseled had been given his father’s gang name. Though he really never knew his father, he had developed an innate spiritual nature of his father’s negative traits. People who called him by that name reinforced these diabolical traits over and over.
I advised him and his mother that the first step to deliverance was for him to disassociate himself from his nickname in order to be released from the evil, spiritual stronghold. Doing this would allow him to develop the identity that God had destined for him, which was already inside him. I explained to him that Satan had created an identity for him to accomplish his will. I then told him that it was Satan’s will, to manipulate him into living a sinful lifestyle and then to kill him and take him to hell. I also let him know that God already had an awesome identity for him, and that God’s identity would prosper him beyond his comprehension and that the only way he would find his true identity would be to develop a relationship with God by accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Once he had done this, he should pray faithfully and develop the habit of reading the Holy Bible daily. During this process, God would reveal his identity to him through planting new desires (which are God’s instructions) in his heart.
Names can be a blessing or a demonic stronghold. When you call an individual by a nickname associated with something negative, you indirectly curse them by reinforcing the stronghold.
Be careful with the words you say. The Bible instructs us that we will be held accountable on Judgment Day for every idle word we say. An idle word is a word said recklessly or out of carelessness. Remember, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).
Art of War or Art of Sin?
The two most requested books by the thug and gang population in our correctional facility are The Art of War by ancient warrior Sun Tzu and 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers.
Some gang members have told me that these books are mandatory reading for members in their gang. They believe the strategies given to them in the book give them an edge over their enemy. Many have boastfully shared with me how they have deployed these tactics on others during their incarceration and how they live by them religiously for their day-to-day survival. I asked a small group of wards this week, “Do a lot of your peers read it (Referring to 48 Laws of Power)?” “Yeah, everybody reads it”, another said,” You have to read it three times to understand it.” Another ward says, “It tells you how to manipulate and get over. You can use it anywhere.”
“It’s Been Proven by Myself”
Why I choose to live by these laws, is because these powerful and wise sayings have a lot of truth in them. It’s been proven by myself and many others like me. Another fact is they will get you ahead in an environment like this. What I mean by ahead, is on top of this game. For example, Get others to do your dirty work but always take credit. To me this means to get others to do things for you, so you will never get your own self caught because your hands are clean. This type of thinking or belief brings a lot of manipulation and fear to others who are not aware of these laws, to the point that we feel they work. It gives a lot of power in a sense.
This is one of the laws I like because it keeps people confused and lost.
Keep others suspended in terror! Cultivate a cloud of unpredictability, make others guess what your next move is, keeping them wondering.
Gangsta icons such as Jay Z, Kanye West, 50 Cent and the late Tupac Shakur have all been believers of these texts and have used them to build their “gangsta” empires. These two books are essentially one in the same. The principles in these books both derive from the ancient eastern religion of Taoism. Let me give you some back ground on these two books starting with the Art of War.
During the third to fourth century, China was broken up into numerous states that were feuding against each other for various reasons. Sun Tzu was a freelance military leader who would sell his military strategies to various armies. His tactics proved very effective, thus making him a widely celebrated military hero. From this book of his military strategies came many other books which not only catered to armies, but business, sports and personal development. Many live by these principles religiously and swear by their effectiveness.
Here are some quotes made by those in the music industry whom are students of the doctrine:
“The only book I ever read I could have wrote: ‘48 Laws of Power,’ “ Kanye West
“In ‘The 48 Laws of Power,’ it says the worst thing you can do is build a fortress around yourself,” Jay Z (Interview in Playboy)
“The book is like a martial arts manual for the business,” said Quincy “QD3” Jones III
Law 28: Enter action with boldness.
The lesson: “If you’re low, choose a big target and attack them as boldly as possible,” he continued. “You have nothing to lose.”
50 Cent has built his career from this law by verbally abusing a wide roster of hip hop stars, which includes Ja Rule, the Game, Jay Z and Lil’ Kim, in his songs. He has even verbally attacked Oprah Winfrey, in an interview with the Associated Press he expressed his anger that she rarely has rappers on her program. How does he feel about this tension? “I’m actually better off having friction with her.”
Let us take a close look at the core values of Taoism on which Sun Tzu based his war strategy on. In war, I understand there are skillful sometimes-deceptive tactics that must be utilized. We can see examples of this used by Israel in the Old Testament. Yet when a deceptive military mind-set is utilized in personal and business relationships for selfish gain and power to manipulate, it is called witchcraft, let me explain. Witchcraft is about attempting to control ones soul (mind, emotions, will). When you add the Tao spiritual component, it becomes witchcraft, because the methods and tactics being used are from a spirit other than God. There are all types of methods how witchcraft is applied such as: drugs, music, hypnosis, chants, tattoos and written doctrine, all which can open up and allow access to one’s soul.
In order to understand Taoism, one must first understand Tao. Tao is believed to be a power or energy by which all things were created and work together. In essence, Taoism followers believe Tao is a god of creation. Ancient Chinese philosophers would say that Tao was the Alpha (beginning). Tao then divided into two spiritual principles: Yin and Yang. Yin represents negative energy and Yang positive energy. Yin and Yang then created the five elements, which are wood, fire, water, metal and earth.
The Yin-Yang symbol represents the on-going conflict of these two spiritual forces in every action. The religion believes Yin and Yang and the five elements are in control of our solar system. They believe each element is under the guidance of a planet, along with the moon and sun known as the seven rulers:
All these planets can either be Yin or Yang producing an innumerable amount of astrological possibilities which many occult practices attempt to interpret.
ShuShu is an ancient Chinese art of cultic ritual that practices divination, magic, dream interpretation, and fortune telling among others. The governing spirit they believe that brings a balance to the Yang and Yin is call Chi. Balance in Taoism is the key principal in creating holistic harmony in life.
Ancient methods such as acupuncture, acupressure, martial arts, yoga, tai chi, holistic massages, crystals, and other similar eastern art forms were created to conjure up the governing force of chi (also called energy) to bring balance to the Yin-Yang, in order for harmony to manifest.
In some belief systems, the Yin-Yang symbol represents a bisexual nature. The theory goes since there is some yin (female) in the yang (male), which is represented by the little dot, and some yang in the yin, it is interrupted as bisexuality.
One of the most disturbing principles of Taoism is its odd belief of good and evil. Taoism teaches that in order for harmony to exist a negative (yin) must balance out a positive (yang) and vice versa. In other words, the universe has to be balanced for all components within to be healthy. The belief is that good and evil compliment each other. Therefore, the only wrong is having a imbalance of right and wrong.
So in essence, what is this saying? It says good can be good and good can be evil and evil can be good and evil can be evil. So wrong is right and right is right as long as it’s the same amount. These are the core values of books like The Art of War and The 48 Laws of Power.
20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
From gang members to mafia bosses to athletes, politicians and business professionals embrace these teachings like a cult doctrine. Below are some of the key principles from these two books.
Art of War
· “All warfare is based on deception.”
· “When he is united, divide him”
· “If the enemy general is obstinate and prone to anger, insult and enrage him, so that he will be irritated and confused and without a plan will recklessly advance against him.”
· “ Offer the enemy a bait to lure him then disorder and strike him”
48 Laws of Power
· Law 3-Conceal your intentions
· Law 7-Get others to work for you, but always take the credit.
· Law 11-Learn to keep people dependent on you.
· Law 12-Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
· Law 14-Pose as a friend, work as a spy.
· Law 15-Crush your enemy totally.
· Law 27-Play on peoples need to believe to create a cult like following.
· Law 37-Create compelling spectacles
· Law 42-Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
What type of impact has this philosophy had on our culture as a whole? Well, besides the standard of traditional morals, it has created a dog eat dog mentality. Self-empowerment is held in higher regard than self-integrity. It’s been made acceptable to violate ones conscience and self-respect all in the name of greed, pride and power. However, we have seen a violent backlash in the principles of these two books. There is a critical law, which has been foolishly ignored. Written by the one true God, written in the one true book the Holy Bible, which states, “You will reap what you sow.” This means individuals who practice these laws might obtain short-term gain but for breaking God’s spiritual laws they will also obtain long-term pain.
Satan is always attempting to duplicate and corrupt what God has created. Taoism, with its governing spirit Chi (Ephesians 2:2) was conjured up by Satan to be a substitute for God’s Holy Spirit. That’s why God tells us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1). The spirit of Taoism was designed by Satan for mankind to give up their dependence on God to serve Tao, a false god, whose consequence is the eternal lake of fire.
Below is God’s Answer to the principles of Taoism:
9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them
“Gangsta” Video Games: A Thug’s Virtual Reality Training Camp
A few months ago, I was leaving a Starbucks in a Sacramento inner-city neighborhood known for its high crime rate, when I noticed numerous identical large artistic posters in a series of rows, advertising “Coming Soon, Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas.” A new edition of one of the #1 selling popular video game series“Grand Theft Auto.”
Of course, the title of the game and where it was strategically being marketed caught my attention. I couldn’t wait to get back to work, to question the wards on whether they had played the game, and if so what was their take on it. To no surprise, most had played the previous “Grand Theft” auto game and loved it. They talked with enthusiasm and passion as they explained the game to me, as if describing their first love.
Other games they mentioned were “Real Crimes”, in which the player can partake in numerous violent crimes in the community for points. Another was “Tony Hawk” where the player is a skater that goes around the city reaping havoc and vandalizing property.
Last week, while I was supervising an outdoor recreation program on a lock-up unit, I was intrigued at the dialogue about video games I heard going back and forth between the wards that were programming in cages. “Have you ever played G.T.A. (Grand Theft Auto) dude? Yeah I played it at my old lady’s house,” a White Power gang member yells out to a Fresno Bulldog gang member, in an enthusiastic manner as he animates how the video game character he was controlling “jacked” an innocent licensed driver for their car. The Bulldog yells back with mirrored enthusiasm, “You can have shoot outs with cops.” Another ward from the cage across shouts, “You can kill cops.” The wards then begin to smile and shake their head in agreement towards each other after reminiscing together about the violent acts that they committed playing within the video game world. They then, one by one, start rambling off a list of other violent and hostile video games on the market. A ward yells out with a passionate voice, “I want to see blood. I can’t play a game without blood!”
At this time, I can’t take any more; I have to ask them a question. “Why do you like these video games?” I ask in a subtle and sincere tone. The ward with the “mark of the beast (666)” and a barcode tattoo looks at me calmly and replies with sincerity and says, “You want a game that’s going to show you how reality is, that’s not going to hide it.” Right after his reply, a ward yells out, “You play that “Sniper” game”, as he chuckles he says, “I use to snipe civilians and everything.”
Today, a Bay Area and Blood gang member told me that violent video games are “Therapy”, that they actually used these video games to displace their anger. “Johnson, I bet you, if you brought a game system in, there would be a lot of less fights. I wouldn’t even come out for program,” the Bay Area ward stated. “Me too” added the Blood gang member from Compton.
There are two games which just hit the market that are selling out by record numbers, “Ryde or Die 187” (gang-related story line), and a game in which it’s theme is based on gangsta rapper’s 50 Cent biography called “Bullet Proof”, in which the story line is for the rapper and G-Unit (his crew of gangsta rappers) to get revenge on the rival drug lords who shot him 9 times (which really happened in his life). The players’ adrenaline playing this game gets to be pumped up by the gangsta artist’s sound track playing in the background of the game.
Unlike a music video where you are a spectator, in a video game, you become a participant. I remember hearing a Christian talk show host put it this way, ” You see a book tells us something, a movie shows us something, music lets us listen to something, but video games allows an individual to actually do something.” Role-playing is the most powerful method to condition and prepare some one to do something. Think about beginning pilots who first learn how to fly in flight simulators and policeman and the military utilizing virtual reality computer technology to set up real life scenarios, some of the new video games have become training simulators for future potential criminals and killers.
“I loved the game because I would love to do work for the mafia”
I had this one game called “Driver” and it was cool because this dude would ride around town doing business with the Italian mafia and they would send him on missions to kill certain enemies they wanted dead to rob and steal money from rich guys to wreck and crash into other enemy vehicles and to pick up women they called show girls that worked for the mafia. I loved the game because I would love to do work for the mafia for the amount of money they were putting out for this “driver” dude. He was making $50,000 a mission and in 4 missions that’s $200,000 so in 10 missions you are making a cool amount of money so that’s why that video game has me deeply entrenched.
“Grand Theft Auto, Vice City”, this game also has a lot to do with mafia because this Italian guy himself is running around a city killing people for money, he has to eat, sell dope, do missions or hits for an extraordinary deal of a lot of money. It has entrenched me because I will do the same to sell dope, kill for money at the same time, do business with a mafia that is mandatory going to pay me some damn good money to make these hits I would put my life on the line for $50,000 a hit and the hits are not complicated you could do them if you put yo mind to it and you won’t falter if you do it the way it is suppose to be done. 2nd have your mind set on accomplishing it not being shaky having low self esteem being paranoid and different feeling that you have when you know you are doing things your not suppose to be doing. This is why some negative video games pump me up and have me some what deeply entrenched.
History of the Thug
Ask the average youth who they think were the original thugs? You’re likely to hear thug icons such as Al Capone and John Gotti, the younger generation might say the late Easy E or Ice T. Ask them what the meaning of the word thug is. You’re likely to get a variety of answers, such as a “down pimp”, “baller” or “gangster”. The dictionary’s definition of thug (Encarta Dictionary) is: somebody, especially a criminal, who is brutal and violent.
Many might be surprised to know that the word “thug” did not originate from the Italian neighborhoods of New York, nor South-Central Los Angeles. The meaning of the word is about 700 years old and comes thousands of miles away on the other side of the planet, from the city of Bombay, India. There was a peculiar group of Hindus who worshiped the goddess Kali, the dark consort of Shiva who is said to feed on the blood of mortals and to haunt the burning-grounds where Hindus are cremated. Kali’s hideous image can be seen in temples throughout India and now around the world. Typically, she was represented as a black woman (one of her epithets, Kali Ma, means “black mother”), numerous arms, and garlanded with human skulls and a long red tongue protruding from a screaming mouth. Human sacrifices were once carried out in temples paying homage to Kali. Worshipers called on her through incantations. Kali worshipers from the 13th century practiced ritual murder and the robbing of native travelers throughout the countryside. These worshipers were from a tribe called Thuggee. Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 travelers a year, would mysteriously disappear, falling victim of the Thuggee tribe, who estimated number was about 5,000.
These murderers came to be known as Thugs, which came from the Hindi verb thaglana which means “to deceive,” and reflected the mysterious ability of Thugs to befriend their intended victims. The Thuggee tribe was primarily a group of Hindus and Muslims that transcended religion. It revolved around the fanatical worship of the goddess Kali.
After the thug gangs would murder the travelers, they would rob the bodies of their possessions and place them in graves, which often had been dug in advance. Every Thug expedition was planned in careful consultation with omens and signs. The secret society of the thugs lasted approximately 600 years in India. It was later almost dismantled by the British Government led by William H. Sleeman, who was a Magistrate in India. However sadly, the Thug’s legacy, spirit and mentality continues to gain popularity and momentum in our nation and now throughout the world. One of the main catalysts of this movement has been the Hip Hop and Rock music industry. Russell Simmons who practices Yoga and Hinduism rituals, known as one of the godfathers of Hip Hop has a Kali statue in his house, which he meditates to daily, according to G. Craige Lewis of Ex Ministries (The Truth Behind Hip Hop 3-video).
Is it not strange that many “gangsta” artists now refer to California as “Kali”; rapper Celly Cel has a song entitled, “Killa Kali.” There is now a group that is called Thug Lordz that also has a song called “Killa Kali”, which features gangsta rapper Spice 1. Marijuana use is on the rise among the thug scene. In some cultures marijuana is nicknamed “Kali.” This is due to the fact that marijuana was and still is used as a part of the spiritual worship to the goddess Kali.
History of the Thug gods
The Holy Bible has the historical roots on this thug issue. We can go back as far as the first civilization in Mesopotamia, when Abraham was called by God to be separate from the idol gods, which were being worshiped in the land. Then we can move through the time when mankind continued to turn from God and followed the many false gods of Babylon.
All of these religions repeated the same sin Adam and Eve committed, which was to seek knowledge of the mysteries that God had not allowed them to know in the Garden of Eden. Satan is more than willing to reveal mysteries; however for the price of one’s soul. Whatever path of knowledge Satan leads a person, it is always designed and religions of the many false gods of Babylon moved through out the world in Genesis 11: 1-9.
The Tower of Babel
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
As stated in verse 9, as they settled throughout the world, they took these religious practices with them. They created temples for these false gods. Through out the centuries, each culture has modified their religion to their desired specifications; however, the seeds of all these false religions through out the world stem from the beliefs in the ancient city of Babylon.
The following is a brief history of Cabalism, which will explain how many witchcraft cults around the world derived from this ancient dark art.
When the Nation of Israel (Jewish people), began to worship the cosmic gods of nature, God punished them by sending them into captivity to Babylon. Some Jewish priests studied the ancient Babylonian mysteries (Witchcraft). The Cabalist’s basic doctrine is to Metaphysics. Cabala is a Hebrew word, which comes from the verb kabel, which means to “receive.”
This doctrine falls right in with the view of a satanist I talked to on our unit the other day. He stated that his denomination of satanism believes that they should pay homage to Satan because he led man to divine knowledge and mysteries by leading them against God to taste from the Tree of Knowledge. This is the whole premise of Cabalism, to seek the fruits of the forbidden Tree of Knowledge. This is basically seeking mysteries that God did not want us to know for good reason.
Thugs and the Stars
Astrology, the reading of the Horoscope was created from the Cabala religion. Let me first start by giving you a little background on this topic. Cabalists claim that the 10 Sefiroth ( the ten characteristics of God, which make up God) is the Tree of Life from which the Universe came into existence, and that man can unite himself with or become a god ‘by rising through the spheres,’ spiritually climbing the ladder of the Sefiroth to reach God.
In magic, the sorcerer must experience and master all 10 Sefiroth in order to achieve supreme perfection and power, for the Tree of the Sefiroth is believed to be a cosmic diagram, the basic pattern which shows how the Universe is arranged and how its phenomena are connected. They believe man is a miniature model of the Universe (microcosm) and of God, and that man is able to spiritually expand himself to become God.
This is a blasphemous doctrine according to God’s Word. This is the same sin that was committed in the Garden of Eden; “Ye shall be as gods,” (referring to eating of the Tree of Knowledge) (Genesis 3:5.). Those who practiced the Cabala teachings or Babylonian mysticism were known for centuries as the Illuminati. The Illuminati believed in and taught a doctrine of illumination or inner light (Illuminism). The teaching of the Cabala branched out to other occult beliefs such as Gnosticism (which the Da Vinci Code is based on) to the Knight Templers, which branched out to form the Free Masons, which went on to lay the foundation for America’s government. The Gnostics were a cult during the Roman era, which practiced goddess worship, sexual rituals and parts of the New Testament. They rejected the Old Testament God, and paid homage to the serpent (devil) in the Garden of Eden, because they believed the male God, was withholding the divine knowledge from the female gods.
The Illuminati taught living a life of purity and service would open their so-called inner senses so that they would obtain spiritual insight or Clairvoyance, known as the Third Eye. They desired to become prophets and be able to converse with spirits (which were demons) and with dead saints.
Listen to these Hip Hop artists who embrace these teachings:
“Grand Puba says that he greets “brothers” with the Islamic greeting As Salamu ‘alai kum.” Grand Puba says that blacks are Asiatics, that he “loves Allah’s mathematics,” and black men have been taught to speak in ciphers. He uses his “third eye” to release the “black man” from mental chains, so that the “black man” will no longer be a slave.”
RZA says that it is “time for the Wu revolution” and that “god is here to take over this sh@%.” He says that on his side are Killah Priest, Sunz of Man, Killarmy, and Gravediggaz. (“Intro” from disc two.) They say that Allah is “heard and seen everywhere.” They say that “innocent black immigrants [are] locked in housing tenements,” and that the “85 Percent tenants depend on welfare.” Stapleton federal housing project is “a concentration camp.” RZA’s “third eye” sees the following conspiracies: “babies have microchips inserted into their earlobes; blood is being contaminated; and the FDA is testing poison on the prison population (http://home.att.net/~phosphor/grammys/method/wu-tang.html).
Within these mysteries of the Cabala, there comes the 12 cosmic Zodiac signs in which we get astrology from. The twelve segments of our solar system they refer to as constellations, together called “the Zodiac.” which forms a circle around Earth. As Earth revolves around the Sun, a different part of the sky becomes visible, and each month a different one of these 12 constellations can be seen above the horizon. The word Zodiac means “circle of figures” or “circle of life.”
The ancient Greeks established the foundation for modern astrology. They associated mythical figures from the Greek Partheon(temples) to the stars and gave physical and emotional attributes to the planets of the Zodiac.
Millions of individuals from the time of the Greeks till today rely on their daily horoscope in order to make decisions throughout their day-to- day life. They depend on the mystical cosmic gods for guidance which are the false gods of Babylon. For one to say that “I’m a Gemini” or “I’m a Cancer”, is basically making a confession that they’re one with that false god and it’s characteristics. It’s the same as a follower of Jesus Christ stating, “I’m a Christian.”
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Thug Mentality Respects Evil
The thug culture embraces evil because evil is intimidating. The thug believes the more evil or intimidating their environment appears, the more they feel empowered and validated as a thug. That’s why you have many gangsta artists displaying proudly the trashy, graffiti and crime ridden parts of their community, bypassing the positive and highlighting the negative. Why? Because, they believe individuals will associate them with their living environment, thus seeing them as intimidating.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being in or from the so called ghetto or hood, but it is wrong when someone boasts about the sinful elements and suppresses the righteous acts being done in the community.
I asked a ward the other day who I saw “pimp walking” throughout the dayroom reciting gangsta rap lyrics (paraphrasing), “Why are you promoting the very spirit, which is against you and your family?” The very evil spirit causing your family illness, that has them in bondage to drug addiction, manipulating their minds into criminal behavior which has resulted in long periods of incarceration, why are you promoting your enemy? I want to make them think about what they’re doing, not just feel what they’re doing. Listening to music is what gratifies their emotions. That’s why they are so quick to defend their favorite music artists, even though they know the lyrics are sinful. They are deceived, just like a drug addict, in that they crave a substance that is destroying them, from the inside out. They take in the music to fill the emptiness of their soul, by tantalizing their emotions; however, they soon come to the realization that it’s never enough.
God is the only one that can fill that void. There is always a price when the devil offers something gratifying. The price are curses- being left empty and with physical and spiritual death (hell).
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
Many of the wards I talk to, speak with great pride about their pit bulls. Not how loyal and loving they are, but how vicious and full of malice they became after a brutal regiment of training for dog fighting. Pit bulls are often displayed on the front of rap and rock albums and in the music videos. Many of those young and old who embrace the thug culture are out strolling down the street, riding in their car and at the neighborhood park profiling with pride their pits as status symbols of their “thug machismo.” This trend became more prevalent when gangsta rapper DMX featured the ferocious K-9’s center stage in his music videos, growling and lunging aggressively from their chains as if to be blood thirsty for another kill.
Pit bull fights are common in the thug culture. Many ward have told me how they feed their pits from birth gunpowder and raw red meat, sometimes mixing street drugs in their food, along with beating them mercilessly all for the sake of creating a mean, insane killing machine. A gang member from the projects told me how dispensable these dogs can be in his “hood”. When a dog loses a pit fight, thugs toss the pit to their death from the roof of the housing projects where the fighting arena was. Others have told me, they have gotten so mad for losing their money; they just pulled out their gun and shot their pet. The thug culture promotes and teaches this pimp mentality. When you have gotten all the use out of something whether it’s a woman, dog or an associate, they can become dispensable.
I can remember confronting two-gang members on the lock-up unit who were bragging about their gang’s past evil deeds. They both stated that their goal was to go to the “pen.” I knew both of them were fathers, so I asked them, why they chose to abandon their fatherhood responsibilities of raising and supporting their own children. They replied, in order to help their gang to fight and riot for their so-called respect within the correctional institution. The thug culture has brainwashed so many gang members to neglect their aging parents, grandparents, younger sisters and brothers who need their love, guidance, protection and support. They are brainwashed by choosing to support these able- bodied men in their gangs rather than being with their families.
These young men had sent little to no money home for their children, because they were always in trouble within the institution. Therefore, they could never qualify for the prison jobs. Neglecting their responsibilities by supporting themselves and not their children, they had the belief that they should be respected as men, merely for being in a gang, having intimidating tattoos, muscles, an obscene mouth, and a violent criminal history. This is what the thug mentality’s belief of what a man is. When I confronted and engaged these two in some dialogue about my observation, they became angry that I brought this to their attention. They began to curse and threaten me. They repeatedly stated that they were “warriors”, referring to the fights and riots they had been in while incarcerated. They began to make crude jokes about me. I would then steer them back to our conversation, in which they realized they had no logical answer. Therefore, they went back to illogical antics. One told me, “fu%# my kids,” then stated he would get out and kill the mother of his kids. The other replied, “I’ll help you kill her, because I get out before you.” Knowing I’m a Christian, they began to curse God, saying all types of sacrilegious comments, in an effort to disrespect me. Then one conveyed how he hated Christians, and stated that he wanted to stab his grandmother when he is released, because she is a Christian. The other ward laughed hysterically.
Though I realize where I work, I am often still amazed at some of the evilness that is displayed. By the way, these threats were reported to local authorities. We often hope that these statements are just talk; however, sadly, there have been many released from our institution who have gone on and committed the most heinous crimes imaginable.
The inmate who made threats about his grandmother was violently killed one month after his release.
How does an individual who has been given a conscience from God allow their heart to become so cold hearted and evil? I knew both of these wards fairly well, and at times have had pretty good rapport with them. I had counseled them on numerous occasions, and I was always amazed how both of these wards after acknowledging and seeing the impact of their crimes, could callously still look me in the eyes like they didn’t care a bit about their victims or their victims’ families. Nor did they show any real remorse or empathy in the pain they had caused their own family.
For the heart to become so cold hearted and evil, there is a process involved. To curse, abuse, steal and kill goes against the nature of our God given conscience. Drugs, alcohol and music are some of the major ingredients, which prep and condition the heart for evil. I will address this in detail later on.
The Mind Control of Music
The following will give you an idea how powerful the influence of music is over the mind. Roy H.Williams, Ph.D author of the book, Thought Particles, has a company which conducts seminars to businesses on how to create successful advertisements, which influences the subconscious part of the brain to draw people to their product or service.
Williams presents the brain in two parts: the left-brain as the skeptic which is our conscious state, the part of the brain that comprehends the words you are reading right now.Our right side,which is our subconscious, records everything we hear and see, even if we are unaware 24 hours a day.
He talks about the powerful effects of music. He states that music has the power to bypass the left hemisphere of the brain, which is our skeptic and go directly into the right hemisphere of the brain, which in turn takes the message and uploads it back to the left hemisphere which influences our beliefs and behaviors, often times, unknowingly. For example, a person says they listen to a “gangsta rap” song just for the beat, though they believe they might be blocking the message consciously with their left brain, their right brain is recording everything, even any backward masked message. Our right brain is so intelligent that it will take the message and transfer it back to our left-brain even without us knowing it, which will then influence our beliefs,emotions and behavior. Advertisers and the psychology industry have been utilizing music for years by discretely hiding latent messages within the music, in order to direct their message into peoples’ subconscious without them realizing it. For example: Grocery stores have placed messages in music, to direct shoppers to specific items, in which they were trying to increase their sales. I heard about a store that placed latent messages about a produce item they were trying to increase sales on. The message they placed in the music was, “Strawberries are delicious, go purchase the strawberries” into the store’s soft music. Soon after, the sales of strawberries soared out the roof.
Still think music isn’t influential in our society?
“Holiday Blues ” Holidays suck, sh*% always seem to slow down, no ones really smiling around any more, the fights break out more, the loneliness makes you easy to aggravate. For real the days seem slower and the night too black, all you think about is the streets, don’t matter if you got a place to go or not, you think back to when you once was a person not an animal. You remember the happiness, the smiles your family the closeness of it all the sh*% is crazy, I’ve seen fools try to cut on themselves for a little attention on these days, but it’s pointless, no one cares here everyone is a bit%# that works, because they wanna be home with there family they remind you you’re a burden to them as well as those you hurt on the streets. And when you lie in your cell you sit there with the atmosphere around you is so depressing, everyone is quite lost in their own world stuck on there own memories of there past. Holidays suck in jail, food sucks visits make it a little better, but we’re always on lock down for the rioting amongst each other it don’t stop, the fake war keeps on going on, the fighting never stops, the hate only grows, never does it stop or slow down. People think about their children, that’s what I think about. I’ve been in jail 5 years I’m yet to see my child’s Christmas or birthday he spends his day with a man I don’t know with his mother, all I see is my child. I’m used to being away from my mother and siblings.
I can handle it now I’m used to these Holidays, ain’t sh%# no more, they have no meaning for me, just another day on my calendar. Another day away from my child, it’s just more depressing, and the blues are in the air, ain’t nothing you can do but mark the day off your calendar.
“Why I got Tattoo’z”
Tattoos are a form of art work. Most people (regular) get tattoos to symbolize a lost one, close friends, or just to have a nice piece of art work done on you that you like.
On the other hand people such as myself (gang members) get tattoos because a lot of the times they take pride in where there from, so they get there hood or gang affiliation symbol on the them. I got my gang related tattoos because I want it to be known that I’m a “Bulldog”, without me having to communicate with people.
Another reason why I got tattoos is because it makes me look more of a gangster. People get tattoos on there body to symbolize history of their gang or something someone has done in the past. Another reason why I got tattoos is because I’ve been locked up for a long time.
The main reason why I got tattoos and why most gangsters get tattoos are to symbolize a specific gang or click your in, and I out of all people got nothing but gang related tattoos because I want people to know I’m a “Fresno Bulldog” and F*%# the rest.
Most of the people who get a gang related tattoo don’t plan on getting them taken off because they where put there for a reason, and that reason from their point of view might still be unknown.
“It was like no one cared about females.”
I saw all the dope dealers hustlers and pimps, they had it all: from money and fame to power and women. I wanted to be like that. I picked up on what they did and tried to put it to use in my life. So I started hurting people and doing what I had to do to make sure I had what I wanted. That’s why I joined — MOB. I mean, look at what it stands for; th B#%@#’s. That’s the kind of mentality that got me locked up. Not caring for anyone. Other than taking what I wanted, I tried to look out for my family. Those were the only people I cared for other than the people in my gang. Music was another thing that played a role in my thug mentality. Since I can remember I grew up listening to rap and a rapper calling females hoes and tricks – it was like no one cared about females – you hear them glorifying selling drugs or killing someone. Those are the two major things that come to mind when asked what played a role in my thug mentality.
“Wit-out money, you’re a nobody”
(Ward said he didn’t care about life after his brother was murdered.)
My life revolves around thugz, drugz and money. Being a thug isn’t for everybody: you can’t just wake up and say, ‘oh I’m gonna start being a thug’ and just start thuggin it out. Ta be a thug you gotta be born wit that mentality, it has to run through your veinz and mix wit you blood, because if you really think about it we really put our life on da line day in and day out wit out any fearz of dying and that is where drugz come into da picture. Drugz relax yo mind as well as yo soul and it keeps you motivated for what ever is on yo mind. Money bringz power, wit out money you’re a nobody and wit out power your not important. (A friend of this individual, also a ward, said this writer was murdered in 2005 in a drug deal gone bad.)
“No smiles, only mean mugs”
I’m a 24 year old male from Southern California. I been crippin since I was 13. I can tell you how music influences me, even till this day. I personally can not listen to no “gangsta rap”. Specially hard core gangsta rap, like C Bo, Brotha Lynch, eastsidaz etc. and not have my mind be triggered by negative thoughts. It’s like 2 Pac said, “they planted seeds and they hatch sparking a flame inside my brain like a match such a dirty game.” And that’s how negative music is. See when I listen to C Bo or Brotha Lynch or da Eastsidaz for one, it’s made for the negative street life, so anybody else listening to it is kind’ve infatuated by the gangsta life. I’ll be the first to tell you that real gangsta music is not to be enjoyed by just listening to it. No, you live it, that’s when it’s enjoyed. See I couldn’t see no other way of listening to C Bo, Brotha Lynch or Da East Sidaz, but ‘grimmey”. In the streets, my whole mood will go to darkness. No smiles, only mean mugs. And let someone look funny, we on they beanies (or on them) Because there already stating in the music, that there ain’t no f—ing with our crew. Glorifying the macho image. So like Pac(Tu Pac) said it gets planted and it hatches, such a dirty game. Just think about it like this: you listen to love songs and you think about what? Your woman, sex, love. Now if you listen to hard core rap, then what are you gonna think about? It’s just common sense. “17 years old arrested for 1st Degree Murder. By the Lord’s mercy, 4 months later I was sentenced to four years in CYA on a charge of Manslaughter…” “I kiss my momma goodbye, and wipe the tears from her lonely eyes, said I’ll return but I gotta fight the gist to rise, don’t shed a tear cause mamma I ain’t happy here, there be trials, no more smiles, for a couple years” (Song: I Ain’t Mad At Cha: Tupac) I’ve had plenty of time to analyze and evaluate my past. I was brought up in a home better than most. Financially we was more than straight and moms was able to be home to raise us boys. Seems pleasant enough yet I’m locked up for taking a life. Someone’s son, someone’s brother or friend, and possibly someone’s father. I was exposed to a lot of negativity and noticed things that at a young age felt that was the way of life. My pops was the male role model for everybody in our family and in our neighborhood. Handsome, clean cut, confident and respected! He taught me things about respecting my elders, standing up for myself and taking pride in my appearance. But integrity, morals and dignity were absent. My pops was a dope dealer and a womanizer. But he was my hero! Nice guy but don’t take no sh*t. I quickly followed suit and shortly made a name for myself. By this time moms and pops separated and it was all struggle, I felt like a burden and hit the streets and became a juvenile delinquent. I stayed in trouble, which only added to my mom’s stress.
Jail is a place where people go when they did something bad, jail is not cool at all, you have all kind of people in jail. You have gay people, you have people that’s trying to go home, you got people that trying to fit in, you got people that just want to ride it out, and talking about they don’t care, but down inside they really do, jail is where you have people that look forward to you doing stuff that you really don’t want to do. I f you don’t do it then they want to call you a punk or a case. I’m just trying to let you know a little how jail is run, so you could make up your mind and see that you don’t want to live your life like this. I could tell you because I did hard times in jail. I know how it is to be taken away from your love ones, I will never tell you young kids out there anything wrong, based on I don’t want you kids to live your life the way I did. I got into gangs because it looked fun to me and I saw a lot of nice things. But down inside I want to change my life, but my homies might try to kill me for that. They’ll say I’m a “sale out”. I have kids that I love dearly, that’s why I want out. See where the gangs got me? And jail doing hard times, not knowing if I’m going to live or die.
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