Friday, 12 August 2016

Vril-ya and The Gentry: Demonic Salvation Races of the Hollow Earth?


H.G. Wells and his use of science fiction to provisionally create a future according to the needs of a control structure was the default means of future-proofing global social and technological changes by the end of the Great War. The Fabians used science fiction to ready the population to accept the 'inevitable' as the agenda was unfolding. This form of predictive magic was spawned from and within similar social circles that also created the 19th century occult revival. In 1871, a novel by a Rosicrucian named Edward Bulwer-Lytton entitled, Vril, the Power of the Coming Race, is perhaps the first work of science fiction designed to generate a sense of expectation within readers, in that the storyline itself would eventually come to pass. The narrative being presented is not a fantasy, but rather a blueprint of what is, and what is to come. Influential occult figures such as Helena Blavatsky and Rudolf Steiner, along with other Theosophists, claimed that the book's narrative of a master race living inside a hollow earth who possess the power of an energy form which they called Vril was rooted in fact.  

In the story, a young adventurer discovers a subterranean civilisation of angelic Aryan-looking beings called the Vril-ya. The Vril-ya, who were once human, went to live inside the earth before the Great Flood as described in the Bible. Their cities are linked by networks of tunnels in which they create technological 'wonders'. This narrative of Vril, the Power of the Coming Race, eventually became culturally, if not esoterically infused within Nazi ideology, as later, the Third Reich—along with their secret weapons development programmes—basically went underground into bunkers and tunnels inside mountains after 1942 in order to design and build their 'V' weapons.  

However, the one aspect of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel which really captured the imagination of occultists of the time such as the Order of the Templars and Thule Society in Germany, was the energy force of the Vril-ya; the "all-permeating fluid" of Vril, which the Ariosophists took to mean Aryan blood. A force, if kept pure and free from being contaminated by other inferior blood races, could unleash incredible psychic and energetic forces according to the training of one's will. This included telepathy and wonder weapons which could wipe out entire cities. The suggestion is made in the novel that the Vril-ya will eventually return to the surface of the earth if a pure racial Aryan blood group evolves on the surface of the planet, taking with them their awesome magical powers and sharing these powers with the surface Aryan master race. The idea so excited members of the Thule Society that they formed a group in Berlin called Wahrheitsgesellschaft, or The Society for Truth, which was charged with discovering the power of Vril and using it to create wonder weapons.  

Although this was a fictional novel, it was taken very literally as fact by many intellectuals of the time; not just in Germany, but also in the United States and significantly, in the UK, where similar ideas of racial magic were being developed—fusing science fiction and Eugenics as a necessary destiny for mankind to aspire towards, or perish. The underlying theme was always the same: that the tall, blond, blue-eyed and fair-skinned races were the inheritors of the earth, and they will be forever in danger as long as dark and ape-like humans continue to multiply. This created a phobia among the upper echelons of society of impending extinction 'of their superior kind' before the Vril-ya, or a similar magical race arrives to evolve the earthly master races into the next stage of evolution.  

painting by Jim Fitzpatrick


The area in and around Ben Bulben has long been associated with a supernatural race known as the Gentry who had abandoned the countryside for a more comfortable life in the cities of Europe. It isn't hard to extrapolate from this as being symbolic of the millions of rural Irish who fled the countryside from the time of the Great Famine onwards. Creating something of a modern compensatory mythology to deal with the loss of their neighbours, family members and social circle. 

Yet this is not what people who live in the shadow of the mountain where I also happen to have my art studio state when recounting the stories told by their grandparents. Well into the 20th century, people who lived in the shadow of Ben Bulben believed in, and reported encounters with the Gentry. Who are we to say they were delusional or making these stories up? Walter Evans-Wentz, the highly-regarded American anthropologist who published the first English translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, reported in his 1911 book, Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries:

“The Ben Bulbin country in County Sligo is one of those rare places in Ireland where fairies are thought to be visible, and our first witness from there claims to be able to see the fairies or 'gentry' and to talk with them. This mortal so favoured lives in the same townland where his fathers have lived during four hundred years, directly beneath the shadows of Ben Bulbin, on whose sides Dermot is said to have been killed while hunting the wild-boar. And this famous old mountain, honeycombed with curious grottoes ages ago when the sea beat against its perpendicular flanks, is the very place where the 'gentry' have their chief abode. 

Even on its broad level summit, for it is a high square table-land like a mighty cube of rock set down upon the earth by some antediluvian god, there are treacherous holes, wherein more than one hunter may have been lost for ever, penetrating to unknown depths; and by listening one can bear the tides from the ocean three or four miles away surging in and out through ancient subterranean channels, connected with these holes. In the neighbouring mountains there are long caverns which no man has dared to penetrate to the end, and even dogs, it is said, have been put in them never to emerge, or else to come out miles away.”

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