|Temple of the Vampire|
George C. Smith (Nemo/Lucas Martel)
(A subsection of Occult Systems)
The Temple of the Vampire is a cult that was founded in 1989 by George C. Smith (aliases: "Nemo", "Lucas Martel") in Lacey, Washington.
The group's practice of requiring a scanned driver's license from all applicants qualifies the Temple of the Vampire as a cult. That practice was taken from a cult that was created earlier, in 1975, called the Temple of Set, to which the ToV's founder belonged. The ToV's mindset that they are predators, and that all other humans are their prey, and their related ambition to attain power over other people, is another characteristic that qualifies the group as a cult.
The Temple of the Vampire is a cult which practices the religion of Vampirism. Its members believe that they practice an ancient religion which they claim has been known by various names over the centuries: Order of the Dragon, Temple of the Dragon, and Temple of the Vampire Dragon Goddess Tiamat.
The ToV believes that its membership is made up of those people who have realized their difference from the masses of humanity and discovered that they resonate with the night, know that they are predators, and want something more out of life.
The public face of the ToV was officially organized in 1989, though they falsely claim that their religion goes back much further. The ToV is a secretive occult organization that is run by an council of members, called 'the Inner Circle' or 'the Order of Prometheus'.
There are two levels of membership in the ToV. General lifetime membership is available to anyone who purchases an official copy of The Vampire Bible from the temple. Active membership in the ToV requires members to pay a monthly subscription (however, members of the Priesthood of UR have the option to pay $100 a year for active membership).
Members must voluntarily accept four restrictions to their behavior as well:
1) No criminal activity; 2) No physical blood drinking;
3) No presentation of the ToV to the public without permission; and
4) No support of any group or individual opposed to the ToV.
Active membership includes five grades beyond initial membership:
- The vampire initiate has chosen to verify the nightside teachings.
- The predator has verified the reality of lifeforce vampirism.
- The priest/priestess has verified the reality of the undead gods.
- The sorcerer/sorceress has verified the power of the nine laws of magic.
- The adept has verified the nature of the self and the hidden nature of reality.
The core beliefs of the ToV are that the vampire’s personality is divided between the "dayside self" and the "nightside self". The dayside self is the face the outside world sees of the vampire. Vampires say that they are material skeptics who question and doubt the norms of the world and who attempt to master themselves and their lives in order to achieve material success in the world and achieve dominance and power over others around them. The nightside self is the face hidden away from the outside world, which is made up of ritual secret practices of the vampire in an attempt to connect their will with the "powers of darkness", the undead gods. The ToV claims that this side of the self also strives to embrace their vampiric nature by developing their supernatural powers, which include shapeshifing, flying, mesmeric power, and communion with the undead gods. The ToV states that the goal of developing the two opposing sides of self is to create a tension between those states, which eventually leads to a growing capacity to cause change in the material world, thus modifying the world of the dayside self to appear more like the world of the nightside self; this is known as the twilight. The ToV has posted a vampire creed, which it expects its members to adhere to.
Origin of their TeachingsEdit
Their teachings were created by the group's founder, George C. Smith. Many of the teachings found in the Vampire Bibles originates from Smith's essays and papers that he wrote during his time in the Temple of Set.
Smith took ideas from eastern martial arts (qi/ki/lifeforce), yoga (meditation), assyrian, babylonian, mesopotamian, and egyptian mythology, Randism, and self-help/pop psychology.
Church Of Satan ConnectionsEdit
The Temple of the Vampire is not directly associated or affiliated with the Church of Satan, though the two organizations enjoy mutual respect. Both organizations permit dual membership. However, membership in either does not imply membership or even sympathy with the other. This is true to the degree that both organizations discourage members from mentioning the two together, to avoid implication that they are directly associated.
- ToV Website: http://templeofthevampire.com/
- Exposure of the ToV as a hoax: www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/174