Artaudian Incantation

from the Theater of Cruelty (1947)

Magically restored, with the significance of the
BARBAROUS NAMES
Etymologically and Qabalistically determined
and paraphrased in English
by DionusoV SparagmoV, Cultist of Cunning Lingo


Apep now deifieth Ra ever anon.
(Yesterday even trembles; yesterday ever tumbles.)

o pedana

Nuit, fortress of Bliss, whose heart and tongue are the Serpent!

na komev

Serpent exalting the Wheel's whirling

tau dedana

On the Universal Cross of the Serpent-lain Fool,

tau komev

Cross exalting the whirling Rose.

na dedanu

Serpent of the Slain Priest of the Goddess of the Stars!

na komev

Serpent exalting the wheel's whirling

tau komev

On the Cross exalting the Rose.

na come

Serpent embrace nothing!

copsi tra

With Star and Sun

ka figa aronda

Doubly brilliant: the secret door admits the Sun's child.

ka lakeou

Doubly formless benediction of

to cobbra

The serpent father.

cobra ja

Serpent father Lord!

ja futsa mata

Lord of destruction and creation.


This incantation was written by Artaud for broadcast on radio as part of his final poetic synthesis of the Theater of Cruelty (not to be confused with the essay or book of the same name). It was composed of 'barbaric names' to objectify and de-utilize the language of the passage, which was devoted to the illustration of “the dance and consequently the theater [that] have not yet begun to exist.”

I thus confess to countering the author's intention by giving “meaning” to his original text, which is especially suited to evocatory magicks of the 24th path. The dogged ritualist may now scent certain instructions in the incantation itself. “Where there is smoke…”

Owing to my subsequent initiation, I have introduced some slight changes to this piece since its original publication in The Scarlet Letter (Feast of Cattle, Anno IV ii).


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