Report on the Cult of the Great Green God
rating: +10+x

Warning:

Due to recent archaeological findings and potential new revealed information regarding the modern manifestation of the Cult of the Great Green God, this information may be modified in the future.

The Cult of the Great Green God is an anomalous religion that arose in Egypt at an undetermined period, but its earliest evidence dating back to the 12th dynasty.1, during the Middle Empire. This cult worshipped a deity known as the Great Green God, whose existence as a real entity is still under discussion. Such cult would have been based in a small city located south of the ancient Egyptian empire, near the Nubian border.2 Apparently defunct for almost two thousand years, it has recently experienced a revival, particularly in South America, in the form of small groups often linked to extreme environmentalist and even eco-terrorist movements.

Unlike the rest of Egypt, which was markedly polytheistic, this city worshiped a single deity, a god of nature who had small forests and oases dedicated to him, instead of stone temples. This worship developed for at least 800 years, despite being in frequent conflict with the powerful Egyptian priestly class for not allowing the worship of any other god within their city, and also for not paying the tributes required for the upkeep of said priestly class.

There is evidence of organized persecution against the cult for religious, or seemingly religious, reasons. As already noted, their refusal to pay tribute to the priestly class may have caused the cult to be outlawed and become the victim of a deliberate effort to be erased from all historical records. This explains the many gaps in our knowledge about the history and culture of the Cult of the Great Green God, and the contradictory theories made by Foundation historians about the chronological development of this group of interest.

Culture and religious practices

The cult worshiped a god at first syncretically related to gods of fertility and nature such as Heqet or Menu3 and depicted in the same way, as a green-fleshed man with a notorious erection, although he later acquired his own identity as a god of vegetation, lord of all forests, oases, reeds and nenuphars.

The few surviving documents on their religious practices, including comments from indirect sources such as the Mekhanite Book of the Apostates, indicate that they believed that plant flesh was a purer element than animal flesh, and therefore more valuable. They were forbidden to eat meat or eggs, being strictly vegetarian, or to use any material of plant origin, which apparently extended to using wood to build ships or furniture, plant fibers for clothing or footwear, and papyrus for writing. This would explain why all the ancient cult texts found are written on clay tablets or parchment scrolls.

They performed their rituals at night, in oases or small forests near them,4 in ceremonies led by the so-called "Green Men" (although apparently they could also be women), who served as priests, herbalists and community leaders. These ceremonies would involve all cult members, including children and elders, who apparently had to undress completely as a sign of humility. Their ceremonies also involved the consumption of the so-called "fruit of life", in order to experience "visions", and, according to two papyri recovered from the Library of Nag Hammadi, they would also participate in multitudinous orgies with no limitations as to age or kinship, however, these are possibly false and injurious accusations made by the primitive Egyptian Christians.

nenufar1.jpg

Specimen of SCP-ES-041-1, sacred tree for the cult.

After they died, their bodies were not mummified, but buried superficially in order to serve as fertilizer and thus become "brother tree and sister grass", a process that they would accelerate in some cases by ingesting seeds of anomalous plants, such as SCP-ES-041. This would also lead, on occasions when cult members had to hide their faith due to persecution by the authorities, to the fabrication of fake mummies5 along with the performance of a traditional Egyptian funeral.

A related icon that appears with frequency is that of a lying mummy from whose mouth or belly emerges a stem with six leaves, ending in a water lily flower. Later, a simplified version emerged (the stem with six leaves and the water lily flower) which is the one most commonly used today. The exact meaning of the symbol, whether it is a representation of their god or a way for believers to identify each other, is unknown.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License