Is the Ice Bucket Challenge Really a Satanic Ritual?

Why has the Ice Bucket Challenge developed a sinister reputation?

Social media’s phenomenon of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hit it’s peak during 2015, however, there has been a buzz about the challenge being a satanic ritual. The true origins of this activity is open for consideration. There are those that believe that the inception of this global craze began with a single man. Boston college student Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2012. Two of Frates friends, Pat Quinn and Corey Griffin, are widely considered to be the creators of the challenge.

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Some people consider the Ice Bucket Challenge to be a satanic ritual.

Most people choose this as their preferred origin story. Most, not all.

Origin of the Satanism Theory

On the face of it, this does look like an innocent way to bring awareness of this condition while having fun and raise money at the same time. So many celebrities have taken the challenge that might have played a part in making the appeal of participating even more enticing. “If it’s good enough for David Beckham/George W. Bush/Lady Gaga/etc, then it’s good enough for me”. It is precisely because of the beliefs of selected celebrities taking part that have got some people suspicious of this initiative.

Writer for WorldNetDaily, Selena Owens, became suspicious of the Ice Bucket process and had a number of questions about it. So she conducted research into the Ice Bucket “ritual”.

She [Owens] investigated, she says, and discovered the IBC is NOT ‘a lighthearted attempt to understand a debilitating disease’…She also points to a video, in which self-described evangelist Anita Fuentes explains a number of cryptic and cultic messages hidden in the IBC ritual, which is cleansing America in the name of Anti-Christ Lucifer Satan for some future thing.

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What is the Ice Bucket Process?

By now most people are acutely familiar with the process. The mix of ice and water is very similar to the religious ritual of baptism. Baptism is representational of various religions and belief systems, in particular Christianity. Baptism itself is similar to a Jewish ritual known as Tvilah. The modern ice bucket challenge comes in three stages, all of which must be committed to video. The first is a simple acceptance of the challenge. The second is the preparation for the challenge. The third is the challenge itself plus the victim nominating three others to take up the challenge. This just adds to the argument that the Ice Bucket Challenge is more than the innocent bit of fun that most reckon that it is.

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Ice Bucket Challenge is compared to baptism. Here, a baby being baptized in an Eastern Orthodox church. Public domain.

Demonologists take a classic description of Satan and other demons – clad in black riding black horses – then apply it to witches and warlocks. In medieval times, people that practiced Wicca arts were automatically considered to be agents of the devil and reports suggest that they were cold to the touch. One reported symptom of possession is a feeling of cold for no good reason. Another sign of demonic possession is considered to be mocking the holy trinity by knocking on something loudly three times. For some people, this is enough to convince them that there is really a hidden agenda behind the entire act… and has an origin entirely in an occult context.

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A woman accused of being a witch sits on a cucking stool and is being dunked. Wiki Commons, public domain.

Did One of the Founders Jump to His Death?

Supporters of the theory that the Ice Bucket Challenge is a satanic ritual also point out that dabbling in things that aren’t generally known can come back and have dire consequences. One of the apparent founders of the Ice Bucket Challenge, Corey Griffin, died in a bizarre incident after an ALS fundraiser during the early hours of 16 August 2014. Having left the event, Griffin is said to have jumped off the roof of the venue in Straight Wharf, Nantucket.

The Boston Globe reported that Griffin floated to the surface of the sea and quickly disappeared. About an hour later, he was pronounced dead. Was Griffin somehow punished for his involvement in creating the Ice Bucket Challenge? With his whole life still ahead of him, it seems inconceivable that he would take such a risk, especially in the middle of the night having raised $100,000 for ALS research.

It is curious that only the Boston Globe reported on Griffin’s passing. Given the overwhelming popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge, his ironic death should have gathered more coverage during the frenzy of his creation.

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge is a task that isn’t to be taken lightly. The very thought of being drenched in cold water may not appeal to everyone and chosen individuals might require more in the way of preparation than others. Perhaps these are the people who truly buy into the concept that what they are really doing is an ages old satanic ritual. Maybe that is much more intimidating than mere ice cold water.

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Les Hewitt

Les currently resides in London and is a freelance writer with a long standing passion for the unexplained and paranormal. In his spare time he enjoys astronomy and Xboxing. It's a big Universe full of wonders.

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