by Sonya Andrews on 10/14/2017
In an interview with a San Diego newspaper last month, renowned author Alex Bowen attributed his literary success to the goddess Mamitu, causing a stir amongst his peers. UBS Network’s Sonya Andrews followed up with Bowen in an exclusive interview to delve into this controversial statement.
Acclaimed author Alex Bowen is an ardent follower of Mamitu – the goat-headed goddess of destiny. Considered a minor god in ancient Mesopotamian mythology, Mamitu decrees the fate of newborns and serves as a judge in the underworld. While Mamitu is sometimes referred to as a “demon of irrevocable curses”, Bowen argues that these descriptions contradict the goddess’s true nature and stem from a 3,000 year old conspiracy to discredit his religion.
“We’re not evil. We’re not devil worshippers. Writings of curses and demonic attributes emerged much later on [in the religion]. As monotheism spread across the old world, portraying ancient deities as evil was a tactic used to turn the people away from polytheism. It also gave monotheistic leaders the justification they needed to persecute those who refused to abandon their gods and fall in line with the new world order. Mamitu is a weaver of destiny. . . a decider of fates – not a harbinger of doom,” said the three-time winner of the Wallace Umber Stevens Award in historical non-fiction for best biography.
The Bowen family’s religious practice centers around a small but ornate temple in Alex’s backyard. The temple, a custom built mausoleum, is fitted with marble pillars and engraved with scenes from Mesopotamian folklore.
“It actually serves a double purpose,” Bowen said. “We have the altar where we leave offerings for the goddess, dance, chant, cast spells, and pray – but several generations of my family are actually buried in there, too.” Note: UBS cannot confirm the contents of the mausoleum as we were unable to enter. Bowen insisted that the presence of an outsider would anger the goddess and “incur her wrath against his family and ours for decades to come”.
When asked how he came to worship the obscure ancient deity, Bowen explained, “My family has served her for as long as anyone remembers. I’d guess you could probably trace our roots all the way back to Mesopotamia. Mamitu decides your fate upon birth. She’s uhhh…not a goddess you want to have disappointed with your family line. ”
Bowen decided to go public about his religious beliefs after a child in his son’s third grade class was mercilessly bullied for staying home to celebrate Mabon Day, a harvest festival that takes place during the Autumnal Equinox and named for a Welsh deity.
“It dawned on me. That could have been my son. If I can’t be proud of who I am, how are my children supposed to be?” Bowen asked. “Occult worshippers are shut out time and time again – even by civil rights organizations that claim to fight for religious equality and inclusion. The Satanic Temple is even getting a public monument out in Minnesota. But I can’t worship Mamitu or Anu or Enki? I think that’s wrong.”
Bowen has endured a lot of backlash for speaking up about his religious views. Some major retailers have even refused to carry his most recent book, A More Modest Proposal: The Biography of Jonathan Swift. However, in pagan circles, Bowen has become a hero of sorts. The activist hopes to use his celebrity to advance the standing of occult practitioners in modern society.
“Our faith dates back to 3500 B.C. It predates every major religion on the planet, yet scientologists are more tolerated than we are. Scientology was invented by a science fiction writer in the 1950’s. It isn’t even a real religion,” Bowen lamented. “If I can accomplish for pagans even a sliver of what Tom Cruise did for scientology, I’ll feel good about that.”
Bowen emphasized that while he’s acting on behalf of all occult practitioners and pagan worshippers, his loyalties lie firmly with Mamitu. “[Mamitu] has given me so much and I have a lot to be thankful for. Has she enacted a curse or two? Sure. But no deity is perfect. Yahweh flooded the whole Earth, inflicted multiple plagues on a thriving civilization and he’s the head of three mainstream religions with nearly 4 billion adherents.”
Bowen became emotional as he reflected on the many blessings he attributes to his unwavering faith. “Long live Mamitu, master of fates and judge of the dead. May the blood of her enemies run eternally in our streets,” he whispered.