BSC Folklore

Satanic Fraternity

Sigma Nu houseDescription:

The Lambda Chi fraternity was housed in what is now the Sigma Nu house. In fact, Senator Howell Heflin was a member of this fraternity in the 1940s. Somehow, over the years, in the 70s and 80s, they evolved into a Satanic Fraternity.

There is a pentagram and other symbols painted on the floor in what is now the TV room and supposedly still exists under the carpet. There was also a light switch labeled Sacrificial Oven for some reason. The Sigma Nu house is three floors, including the basement. There was a long metal chain hanging through all three floors, including two bedrooms, from the top floor to the basement with a cow s carcass hanging off it.

There is no known reason for this other than they thought it was morbidly cool. They were eventually kicked off campus for this continually scary and odd behavior and Sigma Nu was founded and moved into the house on the end of the Row in 1987.

Source

Collected by Ingrid Sheaffer from Sigma Nu fraternity members during 2002-03.

Commentary

The idea that emissaries or followers of Satan are working on Earth to subvert God's order is nothing new. But the Satanic Cult scare (as legend) is specific to America in the 1980s.

Folklorists examining this phenomenon agree that the religious experimentation of the 1960s created an anti-cult backlash in the 1970s. The Jim Jones cult suicide is typically seen as the point at which Americans stopped being tolerant of “deviant” religious practices.

In the 1980s, however, the generalized anti-cult sentiment (fomented by formal anti-cult organizations) begins to consolidate around rumors of Satanic cults. In particular, such cults were seen as threats to children, and legends featured infants killed in ritual sacrifices, virgins assaulted, and teens recruited into the cult. Pop culture outlets like Dungeons and Dragons or Heavy Metal music were blamed for teenage deviance from cultural norms, and were considered, at the very least, to be “gateways” to Satanism.

Cult “experts” appeared at PTA meetings, as consultants for police, and on national television warning that Satanists were lurking in every community. Rarely did any evidence materialize to support these claims; and typically evidence that did exist was misinterpreted by people who assumed that cults were involved. (More)