Our Lady of Endor Coven, also known as Ophite Cultus Satanas (originally spelled "Sathanas"), was a Satanic cult founded in 1948 by Herbert Arthur Sloane in Toledo, Ohio. The group was heavily influenced by gnosticism (especially that found in the contemporary book by Hans Jonas, The Gnostic Religion), and worshipped Satanas, their name for Satan (Cultus Satanas is a Latin version of Cult of Satan). Satanas (or Satan), was defined in gnostic terms, as the Serpent in the Garden of Eden who revealed the knowledge of the true God to Eve. That it called itself "Ophite" is a reference to the ancient gnostic sect of the Ophites, who were said to worship the serpent.
Sloane believed in a horned god, which he said was revealed to him in the woods when he was a child. After seeing Margaret Murray's book The God of the Witches, he said he realized that it was Satan (Sathanas) that was revealed to him. Sloane also corresponded with his contemporary Gerald Gardner, and implied that his views of Satan and the horned god were not necessarily in conflict with Gardner's approach. Sloane highly recommended the book The Gnostic Religion, and sections of it were sometimes read at ceremonies. The Cult still exist in Toledo.
- ↑ *Black Magic, Satanism, Voodoo, by Dr. Leo L. Martello, 1972 (Interview with Sloane on pp. 31-34, Our Lord Sathanas)
- James R. Lewis, Satanism Today: An Encyclopedia of Religion, Folklore, and Popular Culture, 2001.
- Dr. Leo L. Martello, Black Magic, Satanism, Voodoo, 1972 (Our Lord Sathanas, pp. 31-34)
- Hans Holzer, The New Pagans: An Inside Report On the Mystery Cults of Today, 1972.