Left-Hand PathLeft-Hand Path
) is a term for categorizing religions
Left-Hand Path religions share most of the following characteristics:
- An Agnostic view of the existence of gods and goddesses, often a Platonian-like view of gods and goddesses as "First-Forms".
- The belief that people should strive to become as god/desses and that some (probably not all) people have the potential to do so.
- The rejection of Karma, Divine Retribution, Threefold Law, and similar, in favor of self-determined codes of morality.
- The goal of becoming god- or goddess-like and retaining one's isolate intelligence and identity for as long as possible.
In addition to the distinctions made above, most Left-Hand Path religions accept:
- The possible existence of both a male and female polarity of natural forces.
- The possible existence of more than one god.
- That practice and knowledge, not faith, makes a Pagan.
- That deity, internal and external, is both transcendent and immanent.
- That a person is solely responsible for his own actions and there is no external salvation from the results of those actions.
- That the forces of the universe can be bent to one's personal will (magick).
- That magick is based on natural laws and works in accordance with scientific principles that cannot (yet) be explained.
- The understanding that we are all interconnected to, and are an inseparable part of, this Earth.
are considered to be Left-Hand Path. On the other hand, most Wiccans
are considered to be Right-Hand Path
The term does not seem to have distinct origins. Some people believe that the terms Right-Hand Path and Left-Hand Path and the philosophy relevant to them came from India. However, there are some who hypothesize the term came from this Biblical verse:
- And he shall separate them one from another,
- as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.
- And he shall set the sheep on his right,
- but the goats on his left.
- -- Matthew 25: 32-33
Followers of the Left-Hand Path sometimes utilize the symbol of a goat
. They sometimes refer to followers of the Right-Hand Path
, implying that they exibit a "herd mentality."
See also: Church of Satan, Temple of Set, Luciferians
- Lords of the Left Hand Path © 1997 by Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D., Runa Raven Press, ISBN 1-885972-08-3
Left Hand Path is the debut album by Swedish death metal band Entombed.