Are There People Who Sell Their Souls to the Devil? Feb 13, 2016 0:17:04 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Feb 13, 2016 0:17:04 GMT -5
Are There People Who Sell Their Souls to the Devil?
Some folk, especially artists and musicians, are believed to have sold their souls to achieve fame and fortune in exchange for which certain gifts may be artificially bestowed upon them by demonic forces. The theme of soul-selling in popular culture traces back to the German legend of Faust, about a successful scholar who is dissatisfied with his life and makes a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge. It has been the subject of poetry, novels, plays, music and virtually every form of entertainment and literature. Perhaps the most famous literary examples are Christopher Marlowe’s play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1604), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play Faust (1806), Franz Liszt’s “Faust Symphony” (1854) and Thomas Mann’s novel Doctor Faustus(1947). The most ridiculous example would be Frank Zappa’s song “Titties and Beer,” in which a drummer sells his soul in exchange for his favorite alcoholic beverage and some female breasts.
With the idea of selling your soul so deeply ingrained in our culture, it’s not surprising that is it so widely believed to be true. In the 18th century, the Italian musician Paganini was widely believed to be Satanic because of his incredible prowess on the violin. In the 20th century, Bob Dylan confessed in a 60 Minutes interview that his soul had been sold. And John Lennon is supposed to have sold his soul to Old Scratch on the infamous “Devil’s Bridge” on Rose Lane in the Mossley Hill section of Liverpool. Another man who sold his soul in the same spot described the devil as a tall, approximately 6'5" figure, wearing a long black coat down to his knees and shoes turned upward at the toes like those of Persian slippers. His eyes, the witness claimed, “radiated pure menace.”
Perhaps the most infamous case of soul-selling in modern times is that of the mysterious blues guitarist and singer Robert Johnson, who made all his records over a period of two days in the 1930s and then vanished forever – his recordings discovered decades later, revealing him to be one of the greatest musicians of all time. Legend has it that he had nothing more than average talent until selling his soul to the Devil at the intersection of Highways 49 and 61 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, an event immortalized in Eric Clapton’s famous song “Crossroads,” and a movie of the same name.
Sometimes demonic deals are believed to take the form of prophetic messages. John Denver’s song “Rhymes and Reasons,” for example, prophecies: “Though the cities start to crumble, and the towers fall around us, the sun is slowly fading and it’s colder than the sea. …” Is this merely an unwitting prophecy of something on the order of the 9/11 attacks, which he did not live to see? Or was his ability to forecast the future a result of signing a contract with Mephistopheles? And was Denver’s fatal plane crash truly accidental? Or was he sacrificed as so many are purported to have been, like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston? Or perhaps, like Amy Winehouse, who claimed to have turned down a deal with the Devil and was assassinated for refusing to make a Faustian deal.
Source: Secrets of the Fed and The Lennon Prophecy by Joseph Niezgoda.
See also “Did John Lennon Make a Pact with the Devil?” whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/2022/john-lennon-sell-soul-devil[/p]