Who is Cthulhu?
If you haven't yet read The Bible of Cthulhu (or participated in the Forum or Discord server) this may all seem quite perplexing to you.
"So, Cthulhu is an octopedal lifeform that lives in the ocean, and you worship him?"
Well, no. Not quite.
Let's start with the absolute basics. Who exactly is Cthulhu?
- image taken from The Bible of Cthulhu
Cthulhu is an ancient deity first introduced to the world by sci-fi horror author H.P. Lovecraft (we'll learn more about H.P.L in Tier II).
Here's the exact description of Him when He first appeared in "The Call of Cthulhu" (see highlighted passage):
Since then Cthulhu has found His way into all sorts of popular culture as an enduring symbol of our own small, insignificant roles in the universe and the vastness of the cosmos around us.
And it is for this reason that He is the figurehead of The Cult.
So what does The Cult actually think about Cthulhu?
Lets take a sneak peak at The Bible of Cthulhu itself:
To The Cult, Cthulhu is the representation of our own insignificance and the personification of the beauty of all of creation: the cosmos, our planet and the evolutionary process.
In some ways this belief system can be seen as both atheistic and nihilistic. But even this is far from the Truth, for the Cult has elements of deism, pantheism and existentialism too.
To pigeonhole The Cult into any one of these boxes would be a mistake, for it is an entirely new belief system - hence its existence!
We are a belief system based on cosmicism and the wisdom to be found in The Bible of Cthulhu.
Only by completing this course and by doing your own research can you hope to truly uncover everything it means to be a Cultist in The Cult of Cthulhu.
• Your first task as a potential Cultist in The Cult of Cthulhu is a simple one: Try to open your mind to the possibility and acceptance of wonder again. There is so much beauty (and suffering) in this cosmos, and while it is usually impartial and unaffected by how you feel, it exists nonetheless.