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 "Now Aaron's sons (entered the Tabernacle)... and they offered a strange
 fire to the Lord, such as the Lord had not commanded them. And fire came
 out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them and they died before
 the Lord." 
 Leviticus 10:1-3 
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 extradimensional spaces of the Cthulhu mythos, the sweetly decaying depths of
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   Introduction to The Book of Eight Aeons
   by Dennis Stevens 
    Gnosticism belongs to a class of words, like "Spirituality" and
    "Truth" that are often used but rarely well defined. This is hardly
    new; until the discovery of actual Gnostic texts in 1945 in Egypt, the only
    source of knowledge about the Gnostics came from those orthodox Church
    Fathers who fulminated against their Gnostic opponents. Writers such as
    Irenaeus occasionally dropped tantalizing quotes and clues of what these
    mysterious, early sects believed Even after these heretical movements which
    flourished in 1st-3rd centuries CE had (apparently) been destroyed,
    replaced by what we know today as Roman Catholicism, various new Gnostic
    sects continued to survive into the Middle Ages, such as the Cathars and
    Bogomils. Like other suppressed groups in history, enough is known to make
    educated guesses as to what they did and thought, but enough gaps exist
    that many people can project on to them their own agendas.
    The picture is only made more unclear by the plethora of different
    Gnostic sects which apparently existed. However, they all share
    certain characteristics which allows them to be grouped together.
    Gnostic beliefs centered around the idea that the perceptible,
    material world is in some sense inherently "bad". Many Gnostic texts
    tell the story that the Creator of our world- identified at times with the
    God of the Old Testament - is not the ultimate deity but an impostor, an
    inferior being who either split off from ultimate reality, called the
    Pleroma (the "Fullness", or "Completeness"). This being, called by Gnostics
    the Demiurge or Craftsman, created a fallen world in an flawed attempt to
    imitate the true God of the Pleroma. The exact myth varies widely according
    to different texts, and thus there are many different reasons given as to
    how such a state of affairs could come to pass. In some stories the Pleroma
    consists of various levels of reality, which are
    describedanthropomorphically. The lowest level is Sophia, Wisdom. She tries
    to imitate the highest level, which produces each level below it. However,
    she does not possess this power, and can only create misshapen creature,
    the Demiurge. This creature is ignorant of its own origin, and believes it
    to be the only being in existence. It then repeats its' mother's mistake
    and creates the material realm including human beings. Sophia takes pity on
    humanity and sends her spirit forth into Adam and Eve, the first humans.