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The 81 images in this folder are a glimpse into the bizarre initiation rituals and undertakings of secret societies, cults, and gangs. Pictures feature members of groups such as the Polish Falcons of America, Lion’s Club, Scientology, the KKK, Heaven’s Gate, Freemasons and its many Orders (Order of the Masonic Jesters, Order of the Royal Jesters, Woodmen or the World, Shriners, Red Men of America, Fraternal Order of the Police, Order of the Moose, Job’s Daughters, Order of the Rainbow for Girls) and of course, the Anti-Masons.

See also (related folders): Circus – Clowns (for Shriner Clowns), Ceremonies, Symbols & Symbolism.

Chick-Track by Jack Chick

Chick-Track by Jack Chick
Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

hailing sign

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Shiner Hazing

Evidence that Shriners were so proud of making it through brutal hazing rituals that they hung commercial art celebrating their result.
Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Are you a mason?

A penny stamp on a colorful postcard promoted one’s favorite fraternal order.
Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Initiation Rituals

Humorous blast warns of terrible Masonic initiations.
(Anti-Masonic Publication)
Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Shriner Lodge Rituals

Shriner Lodge Rituals enacted in Saigon during the Vietnam War.
Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Order of the Rainbow for Girls
Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

 Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Mask of the Woodmen of the World
Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

"Binding myself under penalty of having my throat cut across from ear to ear. My tongue torn out by the roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea." Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

“Binding myself under penalty of having my throat cut across from ear to ear. My tongue torn out by the roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea.”
Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Shriners

Ritual America by Adam Parfrey & Craig Heimbichner.

Interview, June 1991.

Interview, June 1991.
Members of the extremist white supremacist group, the Klu Klux Klan, hiding their faces behind masks.

Members of the Klu Klux Klan.

Members of the Klu Klux Klan.

Interview, June 1991.

Interview, June 1991.
The KKK

Away Team

Sightings, Vol 2, Issue 5. 1997.
Heaven’s Gate homepage

Life, 1997. "The Year in Pictures."

“Heaven’s Gate leader Marshall Applewhite lured seemingly sane adults into a cult and, ultimately, to death in San Diego. Were they still alive, his followers might put it another way: In March, 38 of them–of their own free will–downed poisoned applesauce and vodka in order to break free of their bodily ‘containers’ and catch a ride on a passing spaceship hidden behind comet Hale-Bopp.”
Life, 1997. “The Year in Pictures.”

Gene Vincent

Gene Vincent

African Arts

spineFrom the UCLA African Arts homepage:

African Arts┬ápresents original research and critical discourse on traditional, contemporary, and popular African arts and expressive cultures. Since 1967, the journal has reflected the dynamism and diversity of several fields of humanistic study, publishing richly illustrated articles in full color, incorporating the most current theory, practice, and intercultural dialogue.”

Utilizing raw materials like straw and palm fronds, the artists represented here display an uninhibited mastery of caricature. They distort the literal human image with a sense of humor and playfulness into an iconic and sometimes frightening archetype.

Our current holdings of African Arts begin in 1976. Here are some selections from the earlier issues:

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 02. January 1978.  "The Dan Masker zakpai ga from Gpapolulo. Its main function is to insure that women have put out their fires every noon during the dry season before the potentially dangerous afternoon winds begin to blow." Photo by Eberhard and Barbara Fischer.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 02. January 1978.
“The Dan Masker zakpai ga from Gpapolulo. Its main function is to insure that women have put out their fires every noon during the dry season before the potentially dangerous afternoon winds begin to blow.”
Photo by Eberhard and Barbara Fischer.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 02. January 1978. Traditional Ndebele Beadwork. Left: "A woman wearing her mapoto stands before the brightly colored murals of her house." Right: "An elderly woman wearing a Linaga decorated with a broad strip of small white beads. It has designs in the traditional red-blue-green-orange color combination." Photos by Suzanne Priebatsch & Natalie Knight.

jan1978volxi#2African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 02. January 1978.
Traditional Ndebele Beadwork.
Top Left: “A woman wearing her mapoto stands before the brightly colored murals of her house.”
Top Right: “An elderly woman wearing a Linaga decorated with a broad strip of small white beads. It has designs in the traditional red-blue-green-orange color combination.”
Bottom Right: “A maiden poses with her mother’s magnificently beaded blanket. The predominance of blue, green and black beads indicates its recent vintage.”
Photos by Suzanne Priebatsch & Natalie Knight.

African Arts, Volume X, Issue Number 02. January 1977. "Birthday for African Arts and the united States Bicentennial." Tito Zungu, South Africa. Ballpoint pen and koki pen on paper. 20 cm x 25 cm.

African Arts, Volume X, Issue Number 02. January 1977.
“Birthday for African Arts and the united States Bicentennial.” Tito Zungu, South Africa. Ballpoint pen and koki pen on paper. 20 cm x 25 cm.

African Arts, Volume X, Issue Number 02. January 1977. Right: "Flower composition between door and window painted to represent formalized leaves. Xhosa, near Assegai Bush, Cape Province." Left: "Litema motif. Sotho, near Kroonstad, orange free state.

African Arts, Volume X, Issue Number 02. January 1977.
Right: “Flower composition between door and window painted to represent formalized leaves. Xhosa, near Assegai Bush, Cape Province.”
Left: “Litema motif. Sotho, near Kroonstad, orange free state.”

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 03. April 1978. "The idean lyawo, described by some as reprseenting a bride or wife, who exudes quiet dignity and refinement in her dance and costume. Her body is enveloped in folds of costly fabric, and her elaborate hairstyle is bedecked with silver and gold. Iyawo's facial features are rendered in appliqued red cloth bisected by shiny zippers." IIaro, Nigeria. Photo: Henry John Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 03. April 1978.
“The idean lyawo, described by some as reprseenting a bride or wife, who exudes quiet dignity and refinement in her dance and costume. Her body is enveloped in folds of costly fabric, and her elaborate hairstyle is bedecked with silver and gold. Iyawo’s facial features are rendered in appliqued red cloth bisected by shiny zippers.”
IIaro, Nigeria.
Photo: Henry John Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 03. April 1978.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 03. April 1978.
Egungun (masked figures)
Ikenne, Nigeria.
Photos: Klindt Houlberg.

African Arts, Volume XX, Issue Number 01. October 1986.

African Arts, Volume XX, Issue Number 01. October 1986.
Right: Masquerades at the Ebi-Woro Festival. Ijebu, 1982.
Photos: Henry John Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XX, Issue Number 01. October 1986.

African Arts, Volume XX, Issue Number 01. October 1986.
Right: Jigbo Masqueraders. Ijebu, 1982.
Photos: Henry John Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XXI, Issue Number 02. February 1988. In the Mami Wata Shrine of Dr. Alphonsus Njoku. Photos: Margaret and Henry Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XXI, Issue Number 02. February 1988.
In the Mami Wata Shrine of Dr. Alphonsus Njoku.
Photos: Margaret and Henry Drewal.