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"Up until his arrest in Mendocino Country on July 28, 1967, Charlie had always used his real name, Charles Milles Manson. On that occasion, however, and thereafter, he called himself Charles Willis Manson. Had Manson ever said anything about his name? I asked. Crockett and Poston [fellow resident of Death Valley and former Manson family member, respectively] both told me that they had heard Manson say, very slowly, that his name was "Charles' Will Is Man's Son", meaning that his will was that of the Son of Man.
"Although Susan Atkins had emphasized Charlie's surname in talking to Virginia Graham, I hadn't really thought, until now, how powerful that name was. Man Son. It was tailor-made for the Infinite Being role he was now seeking to portray."
THE THIRD & FINAL BEAST - THE ANTICHRIST | "And I saw a beast coming out of the sea..." Marilyn Manson: His various and multifaceted personifications as the Antichrist of Revelation, The Book of Daniel and Islam. The Holy Bible's emergence throughout Manson's performance and art, the weapon of the enemy used against them.
"..before me was a fourth beast, terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left..." Daniel 7:7
HOLY WOOD - PSALM 23 | "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over." Psalm 23:4-5.
The Biblical verse which Manson enacted onstage during the Holy Wood era and where the original title of the album, 'In The Shadow of the Valley of Death', was inspired from.
666 : MANSON AS NERO CAESAR | "I'm looking to bring back feeding Christians to the lions as a new reality TV program," he says. "Called 'Christian Survivor, by Marilyn Manson'. I'm the new Julius Caesar. The networks would probably love it, because it involves religion, politics, and violence, and that's really what makes the world go around these days, unfortunately."
Marilyn Manson's "Guns, God & Government Tour" performance entrance; led onstage in the outfit of a Roman emperor, drawn by a chariot pulled by two naked women wearing horse's heads. An evocation of Nero Caesar, the grand and most notorious persecutor of the Christians.
THE TAU CROSS | "Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, "Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it." Ezekiel 9:3-4
Manson's Holy Wood era vindicating symbol of the blame scapegoated upon him for the Columbine murders.
AMPUTATION OF SIN | "And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire." Matthew 18:8
This Biblical verse acted out in literal fashion in the video for, 'I Don't Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)'.
THE MECHANICAL CHRIST | "And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and a girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire..." Revelation 1:13-14
Manson during the Mechanical Animals era. The opening song of each performance of the subsequent tour being named 'Inauguration of the Mechanical Christ'.
EAT ME, DRINK ME TITLE CONNECTIONS - THE EUCHARIST | One of the most prominent themes of the album's title can be taken from the Eucharist, in which Jesus gave his disciples the instruction to eat of his flesh and drink of his blood, and where the concept of Manson's Celebritarianism originates from : "Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:26-28
BIBLICAL PASSAGES WITHIN MANSON'S ARTWORK | 'The God Bandaid' & 'Tim Skold / Biblical Swastika'. Passages, and literally pages, from the Holy Bible within Marilyn Manson's artwork. All deciphered by NACHTKABARETT contributing partner, Brad Jaeger, the unifying themes presented by the King James Bible's juxtaposition within these two paintings are deception (assisted by God himself), premonitions of burning strongholds, dashed children, and mass murder by the sword, the necessity of Jesus' death for mankind's salvation, cannibalism, polygamy, the total destruction of the earth, as orchestrated by God himself. All as Manson's continued presentation of the morbid foundations and hypocrisy within the teachings that self righteous Christianity invokes for personal gain.
ANTICHRIST SVPERSTAR - THE WORM & THE RED DRAGON | "And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." Isaiah 66:24
Biblical passages from Isaiah 66 and Revelation 12 included within the artwork for Antichrist Svperstar, and related to Manson's themes of the Worm and the Antichrist.
THE LAST TOUR ON EARTH - MOTHER MARY & THE HOLY ROSARY | "O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Crucifixion, when, having been stripped of His garments, thy Divine Son was nailed to the Cross, upon which He died after three hours of indescribable agony, during which time He negged from His Father forgiveness for His enemies, I humbly pray : (...) " The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery from The Rosary Novena to Our Lady.
Passages from the Mysteries of The Rosary Novena to Our Lady included in the live album artwork, as well as other evocations of Mother Mary in Marilyn Manson's work.
CELEBRITARIAN EMBLEM - HEBREWS 10 | "I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;... " Hebrews 10
Passage from The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews Chapter 10 hidden within the design of Marilyn Manson's 2006 flash montage which introduced the "lost" Celebritarian Corporation era.
GET YOUR GUNN & REVELATION | "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." Revelation 9:6, "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." Revelation 13:18
Passages from the book of Revelation appearing subliminally in the 1994 Get Your Gunn single video, as earlier Biblical allusions to the Apocalypse, the Last Judgment and the number of the beast.
AGAINST ALL GODS - THE BLACK MASS | "The angel took the censer, and he filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it on the earth." Revelation 8:5
Manson's stage entrance on the 'Against All Gods Tour' in which he emergence from the smoky darkness swinging a incense bearing censer as to sanctify the ground which he is to perform his black mass upon.