A Scientific Investigation into the Existence of a Hastur Cult in the Nordic Countries
Recent empirical findings
Eyewitness as well as written records from recent history indicate an increased prevalence of non-Christian cults in the Nordic countries. Among the most remarkable recent cases is the multitude of observations of a Cult of Hastur in Sweden and other Nordic countries. In the following a scientific description of the Cult and its practices is given to inform the average reader of this secular uproar that is spreading like a disease among the public.
Particular elements associated with the cult
One of the first sightings suggests that the Hastur Cult is engaging in arcane and occult practices to summon their deity – Hastur (also known as the God of Many Faces, The Black Goat in the Swamp, The Crawling God, and foremost, the Yellow King; Chambers, 1902). It appears that the cultists favor the latter description as they have been seen wearing tattered yellow, hooded, robes during their ceremonies on several occasions. The Yellow King or Hasturs lineage is unclear but scholarly sources describe the being as an ”Old One” which usually refers to unearthly deities who’s ultimate purpose is to reign over, and destroy, mankind. Literary sources mention Hastur along other ”old ones” such as Chaugnar Faugn, Cthaeghya, Cthulhu, Ghatanothoa, Gurathnaka, Istasha, Thasaidon, Tsathoggua and Ythogtha. To date, the exact reason why the cultist favor Hastur over these other deities is unknown, as are the consequences for the general public of this.
A premier symbol associated with the Yellow King and used by the cultists is the Yellow Sign, which according to recent scholarly work can be found in two versions (see Figure 1). The first version is an arrangement of three questions mark centered around an eye. The second, more recent version, is circular shape. Their origin is unknown.
Figure 1. Two versions of the Yellow Sign used by Hastur Cultists.
This arcane and ancient symbol in its two versions appears to have a central role in the cult as it has been repeatedly found in many instances, often accompanied by a series of stick sculptures – which also have been referred to as devil nets, devil nests, or devil catchers in the scholarly discourse (Figure 2).
Figure 2. Actual photo of Stick sculpture (i.e. devil net) used by the Cultists. Recovered in East Sweden.
While the exact occult and arcane meaning these sculptures, which comes in many sizes and arrangements, have is yet to be fully determined. It is, however, clear that they play a prominent role in the cult ceremony as it has been found across a many geographical locations in all Nordic countries, with a special concentration in Eastern Sweden. These structures have been found in both urban and less inhabited areas of Sweden. They can be found hanging in trees, standing in forests or even in a busy street corner. Currently there is no obvious pattern to their placement and the most recent sightings have been a vast collection found in different locations in Norrkoping, Sweden. This may indicate a stronger than average prevalence of cultists in this area. However, we currently can only guess about the exact meaning of these tree structures and use in the secular practices. But, we can beyond doubt conclude that they carry a strong significance in the Hastur Cult.
Modern installments of the Cult
It is more than likely that the Hastur Cult is ancient in its origin. However, it appears as if modern media, art and music may be a vehicle for the Hastur Cult. Recently a number of performers and artists have professed their interest in the Yellow King. For instance, several of the provacative performances by Marina Abramović have been suggested by the press to be motivated by an occult force signified with the color Yellow and a symbol resembling the aforementioned Yellow Sign. Similarly, several sources suggest that both lyrics as well as visual language of popular music artists such as Lady Gaga appears very similar to the structure of existing evidence of the writings the Hastur Cult worship. Further, the recent tv series True Detective appears to have capitalized on the popularity of the Hastur theme. A reason for the use of such an occult theme in music and visual artistry indicates two things: a) music and art is used to strengthen the ceremonial powers of the cult, and b) the cult is widespread with involvement of musicians, artist and directors. It should be noted that these findings are merely indicative and speculative and in no way definitive. It is however clear that music, performances and art plays an important role in the Hastur Cult.
The Hastur Cult appears to be on the rise. Increased sightings of artifacts such as the symbols and tree structures, as well as of the yellow hooded cultists themselves corroborate this conclusion. The spreading of their evil intent through modern media as well as rumors of human sacrifice and involvement of people high in society (politicians, scientists, musicians and artists) in the Hastur Cult only lead to one conclusion: This movement is a threat to the Christian foundation of society! We must act now to stop this plague before it spreads further. I can only hope that it is not too late.