Presented by: Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival for dark music and arts.
When: Saturday May 23, 2015 – 7PM
Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert
After a twenty-four year retreat from the German music scene, this event is Zeena Schreck‘s return to sonic magic performance-art appearances in Europe. A historical event by a legendary figure of modern magic, mysticism, and experimental-ambient music—this is more than just a secular musical concert. It will touch the audience with divine blessings and plant the seeds necessary for spiritual liberation and enlightenment. Surrounded by the sacred, magically charged ancient artifacts housed in Leipzig’s Egyptian Museum, the performance will be a unique ritual soundscape. Zeena is also High Priestess of Seth and leader of the Sethian Liberation Movement. Therefore, the Egyptian Museum is a prime genius-loci to present ancient Egyptian aspects of Zeena’s spiritual practices. This is the second in a series of ritual musical installments inaugurated with the 2013 performance-art event at The Community Church of New York, curated by Performa-13.
Historical Context: The Leipzig-Seth-Abraxas Connection
Professor Albrecht Dieterich, a student of the University of Leipzig, wrote the first study in modern times of the god Abraxas with his influential Abraxas: Studien zur Religionsgeschichte des spätern Altertums published in Leipzig in 1891. He was also one of the first scholars to work with the Greek Magical Papyri or Papyri Graecae Magicae, a collection of ancient magical spells, formulae, hymns, and rituals from Graeco-Roman Egypt, a body of treatises essential to Zeena’s work reviving an authentic Sethian religion in modern times. Continuing the Leipzig and WGT connection to the ancient Egyptian god Seth, Karl Preisendanz collected the texts and published them in two volumes in 1928 and 1931. A projected third volume, containing new texts and indices, reached the stage of galley proofs dated “Pentecost 1941,” (WGT is always held on Pfingsten or Pentecost), but the type was destroyed during the bombing of Leipzig during World War II.
Zeena Schreck (b. 1963, San Francisco, California, United States) is a graphic artist, photographer, avant-garde musician, author, and animal rights activist. Between 1988-1993 she was 50% of the sonic magical musical project Radio Werewolf and served as composer, vocalist, musician, and graphic designer for all Radio Werewolf albums and products. At sixteen Zeena began lecturing and teaching about magic. At a comparatively young age, she held the highest possible leadership positions in three of the most notorious occult orders of modern times: High Priestess of The Church of Satan, High Priestess of The Temple of Set, and Female Alpha of The Werewolf Order. This unprecedented status has never been matched by any other occult figure in history. In 1990, she rejected all forms of satanism and western occultism and publicly proclaimed such pseudo-religions as spiritually fraudulent and inherently destructive. Since then, she has focused her spiritual pursuits exclusively in the mystical practices of ancient Gnostic Sethianism and the original Eastern left-hand path of Vedic tantra (Shaktism) and Buddhist tantra (Tibetan Buddhism). She is an initiated yogini in the tantric Buddhist lineages of Nyingma, Karma Kagyu, and Drikung Kagyu, and teaches in Berlin. Interview requests should be directed to [email protected]