Further Into the Depths of Satan
in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia
Silenus and the Maenads
Page 1 Introduction
Page 2 Theological beliefs
Page 3 The Chronicles of Narnia
Page 4 Liquor, Tobacco
Page 5 Sun Worship
Page 6 Further Into the Depths of Satan
Page 8 Witchcraft Practices and
Page 9 Luciferianism and the Secret
As if what we have already been over is not enough, we find what a gross
pagan Lewis really was when we notice that he portrayed Dionysus (Bacchus),
Silenus and the Maenads as good characters in his stories!
First, let's find out exactly what this pagan deity and his followers
In the Encyclopedia Britannica (1963 and 1974 editions) Dionysus
is described "in Greek cult and mythology, a nature god of fruitfulness and
vegetation, but tending to specialize as a god of wine...The alternative
names Bacchus (Bacchos...); Sabazuis and Bassareus are Thracian." He
was also called Bromios.
He is believed to have been introduced to Greece from Thrace and Phyrgia.
While in Greece the orgiastic worship of him was toned down, "In his native
country his worshippers sought to become possessed by or assimilated to him
by wild dancing and the tearing in pieces and eating of animals..." The victims
of this carnage may have originally been human.
The female attendants of Dionysus were known as the Maenads. Many women
were attracted to him and took to the hills wearing faun skins and crowns
of ivy. The ivy wreath itself being one of his personal attributes.
(Remember the ivy wreaths around the
tops of the mazers of wine in Prince Caspian.) Their ritual cry
was "Euoi!" They danced by torchlight to the flute and kettledrum and used
wine freely. While under the god's power (really devils) they supposedly
possessed occult powers, could charm snakes, suckle animals, and
were given super strength to tear their living victims in pieces before devouring
them raw. In Greece a dancing circle surrounded his altar. Through this complete,
unconditional surrender to the devils in this orgy, they believed
they could cross over into the eternal, spiritual realm.
The phallus was a prominent symbol in Dionysus' rituals and was carried
in processions in his honor. One of the oldest known prayer-hymns is one
used by the followers of Dionysus and is addressed to the genitals. His
followers included fertility spirits, such as satyrs.
He was said to have the "gift" of prophecy and was given a position at
that wretched shrine of Delphi only slightly lower than that of Apollo. He
often took animal forms and, interestingly enough, was associated with the
lion, among others.
Silenus in mythology was the son of Hermes or Pan (Satan). He was
said to be a nymph and was the companion and nurse of Dionysus. Which
gives room for speculation regarding sodomy since Hermes was associated with
Silenus was often depicted in the Bacchus' train in art and was generally
shown as "a little pot-bellied old man with snub nose and bald head, riding
on an ass and supported by satyrs..." (Quite appropriately, there is a statue
of him carrying an infant Dionysus in the Vatican.) In the plural they were
said to be the same as satyrs, but older, wiser and drunker. They were
characterized as prophets and expert musicians.
Now, having laid all this disgusting filth out, let's take a look at
how C.S. Lewis protrayes them in his Chronicles of Narnia for
kids to read!
In Prince Caspian Lewis opens to us his true heart: (The
quotes are somewhat long in order to show the context as Lewis has it.)
p. 152 - "The crowd and the dance round Aslan (for it had become
a dance once more) grew so thick and rapid that Lucy was confused.
She never saw where certain other people came from who were soon capering
among the trees. One was a youth, dressed only in a fawn-skin, with
vine-leaves wreathed in his curly hair. His face would have
bee almost too pretty for a boy's, if it had not looked so extremely
wild. You felt, as Edmund said when he saw him a few days later,
'There's a chap who might do anything --- absolutely anything.' He
seemed to have a great many names --- Bromios, Bassareus, and
the Ram, were three of them. There were a lot of girls with him, as wild
as he. There was even, unexpectedly, someone on a donkey. And
everybody was laughing: and everybody was shouting out, "Euan, euan,
eu-oi-oi-oi." [Emphasis added.]
Note the wild dance, the extremely wild faced youth that is Bromios
(otherwise known and Dionysus or Bacchus), the wild girls (Maenads), the
man on the donkey (Silenus) who is also said to cry "Refreshments!" (which
in the context of Dionysus would be wine), and the cries of "Euoi!".
What Lewis is describing here is nothing other than a Bacchanalian
Notice also that Lucy is confused. Lewis gives himself away on this
one. 1Corinthians 14:33 For God is not
the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the
p. 154 - "One saw sticky and stained fingers everywhere, and, though
mouths were full the laughter never ceased nor the yodeling cries of Euan,
euan, eu-oi-oi-oi-oi, till all of a sudden everyone felt at the
same moment that the game (whatever it was), and the feast, ought to be over,
and everyone flopped down breathless on the ground and turned his face to
Aslan to hear what he would sat next.
"At that moment the sun was just rising and Lucy
remembered something and whispered to Susan,
" 'I say, Su, I know who they are."
" 'Who?' "
" 'The boy with the wild face is Bacchus and the old
one on the donkey is Silenus. Don't you remember Mr. Tumnus telling
us about them long ago?' "
" 'Yes, of course. But I say Lu ----' "
" 'What?' "
" 'I wouldn't have felt very safe with Bacchus and
all his wild girls if we'd met them without Aslan.'"
" 'I should think not,' Said Lucy." [Emphasis
Again, all the sign posts are in place and Lewis even puts the event
p. 192 - "Bacchus and the Maenads --- his
fierce, madcap girls --- and Silenus, were
still with them. Lucy, fully rested, jumped up. Everyone was awake, everyone
was laughing, flutes were playing, cymbals clashing. Animals,
not Talking Animals, were crowding in upon them from every direction.
" 'What is it, Aslan?' said Lucy, her eyes dancing and
her feet wanting to dance.
" 'Come, children," said he. 'Ride on my back again
" 'Oh lovely!' cried Lucy, and both girls climbed on
to the warm golden back as they had done no-one knew how many years before.
Then the whole party moved off --- Aslan
leading. Bacchus and his Maenads leaping, rushing and
turning somersaults, the beasts frisking round them, and Silenus
and his donkey bringing up the rear." [Emphasis added.]
Now, note here that Lewis actually names the Maenads and describes them
as "fierce". To complete the description of this devil worship for
your children to mimic in their play, he adds the flutes and cymbals, and
animals are brought in, though their fate at the hands of the Maenads is
He also describes them going down a hill into town where they found
a girls' school. The girls were dressed in ugly tight collars,
thick stockings and tight hair-dos. The teacher and class all fled
in terror except one girl. Aslan called her "sweetheart" and asked her to
join his wild crowd, which she did. She was instantly dancing with
the Maenads who helped her take off some of her "unnecessary" and uncomfortable
So, Lewis is telling your children that in order to be part of this wild
bunch (which he portrays as fun), they must join in the dancing and take
off some of their clothes!
This sounds remarkably similar to one of the accounts in the Bible --
the occasion on which Aaron made the golden calf and Israel worshipped it
with a wild feast and dancing party. When Moses got back down the mountain,
he confronted Aaron and received a stupid excuse. Then we read,
Exodus 32:25 And when Moses saw that the people
were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame
among their enemies:) 26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said,
Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons
of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 27 And he said unto them,
Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side,
and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every
man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his
neighbour. 28 And the children
of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people
that day about three thousand men. From this account we can
see that the LORD does not look lightly on this sort of thing. Allowing
C.S. Lewis to teach your children such heathenism is perilous to say the
The most revolting thing, which has been evident right along, is stated
plainly in the quote on p. 192. Aslan is leading! Now, if Aslan is
supposedly the Lord Jesus Christ, as many assure us and as Lewis himself
allowed, then what we find here is the grossest blasphemy!! This is
then supposedly Jesus Christ leading a Satanic orgy of Bacchus!! This is
sick beyond description!!
We have already determined that the real identity of Aslan in The
Chronicles of Narnia is actually the sun god, but Lewis allowed and promoted
the notion that this was an allegory of Biblical truth and that Aslan was
indeed a picture of Christ Jesus - God in the flesh. Therefore, it
is all the same as if he had written such filth about the Lord of glory in
the first place! Deuteronomy 32:41 If
I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render
vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
One last interesting point here is that in The Last Battle on
page 170 Lewis has Digory saying, "It's all in Plato, all in Plato." Now,
Lewis calls Plato "an overwhelming theological genius" (Reflections on
the Psalms, p. 80), which any discerning Christian familiar with Plato's
works would take strong exception to. Plato was a pagan, Greek philosopher
and his followers called Dionysus "Our Master". So, we see that C.S. Lewis
gave credit to a Dionysus-worshipper as having written long before Christ
was even born all the things that he, Lewis, put in his book! This is a real
admition of guilt, and fits perfectly with Lewis' belief that Christ fulfilled
paganism (Reflections on the Psalms, p. 129). Lewis has showed
us plainly who his master really is, and it is not the Lord Jesus Christ!
There are references to Bacchus and the myths and practices surrounding
the worship of him elsewhere in The Chronicles of Narnia, but
we will move on to the next quote, which also appears in Prince
Caspian, and brings us over into the subject of witchcraft.
Witchcraft Practices and Characters
by Mary Van Nattan
1 The American College Dictionary; under "prayer"
Some information for this article was obtained from documented papers
written by unknown authors. We wish that we could give the proper credit,
but the Lord knows who they are will reward them properly on that day!
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