Famous SNL Skit Originated In The Inquisition

In my study of religion i have read a good deal of the Malleus Maleficarum. Now, I know what you are thinking: “Delivis, what the hell is that? Why are you making me read crazy Latin words at this hour? I’m only on my second coffee, good man!”

Well actually, it is a very famous book. It is the “Hammer Against Witches”, the text that was the basis for the Inquisition. Hopefully you know that the inquisition is the Catholic Church initiative to eradicate witches and combat heresy. This text was used as a manual on how to find a witch, how they operate, how to interrogate and torture them, and of course how to kill them.

But enough of the cheery stuff. Some so called ‘Feminist” thinkers on the topic of religion have done a lot of writing suggesting (very convincingly) that a lot of what went into this book came out of the extreme sexual repression of the clergy in a male dominated society. Clergy, who were striving for celibacy, interpreted the feelings of arousal they had when a woman was in their sights not as an internal reaction they had to the woman but as a power or spell that the woman was using on them to influence and control them.

This grew into elaborate and complicated superstitions supported by hearsay and the endless supply of discovered witches which were generated by forcing each accused witch, under torture, to reveal the names of other witches. For instance there are tomes of accounts of women (witches) stealing the penises (the “members”) of men. The Malleus is filled with such accounts and the entire book is permeated with this kind of sexual fixation.

As an aside, these kinds of beliefs are still prominent today, believe it or not. In Africa the belief is very widespread that penises have magic powers and that various beings are obsessed with either cursing their genitals to diminish their power or to steal them to take their power. I don’t mean one or two cooks per city either, i am talking about widespread beliefs where the governments often have trouble quelling hysterical riots and mobs over such fears.

Putting that interesting, if perhaps very bizarre, story aside, onto the main point of the post. Reading the Malleus i came across an interesting passage.

And what, then, is to be thought of those witches who in this way sometimes collect male organs in great numbers, as many as twenty or thirty members together, and put them in a bird’s nest or shut them in a box, where they move themselves like living members, and eat oats and corn, as has been seen by many and is a matter of common report? (Malleus Melleficarum, p. 121, as found on Google Books)

Male organs shut in a box? Holy shit, it is Dick In A Box…circa 1486! Was Justin Timerlake an Inquisitor? Is SNL working for the Church? Could this be a mere coincidence? Surely not!

For those who are also not aware of the now famous skit, here it is again….you be the judge (and in true form, the jury and interrogator and executioner as well!)

Surely at the very least SNL owes the Catholic Church some royalties.

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6 Responses to “Famous SNL Skit Originated In The Inquisition”

  1. In the same way Tina Fey owes Sarah Palina portion of her salary? Or John Stewart owes George W. Bush half of The Daily Show’s revenue? I say not!

    On a side note, this seems very Fruedian? Do you perhaps know if it influenced him in any way? or were his ideas developed independantly of the Malleus Maleficarum and familiarity with certain African superstitions?

  2. Awesome skit, +1 cool points for the reference.

  3. Hardly seems Freudian.

  4. Torquemada Says:

    I agree. Thou shalt give kudos were kudos are due. Amen

  5. I should explain more. It only seems Freudian if we want to agree that they seek out men to fill their “void”. We should read the book to see their reasoning to search out and collect penises.

  6. I am probably just mis-judging what it means to be “Freudian”

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