How Satan Appears within the Physical Plane: Decadence in History

The Decadent movement 

Romans during the Decadence
Thomas Couture
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Smarthistory Published on Nov 20, 2012
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Thomas Couture, Romans of the Decadence, 1847

… a late 19th century artistic and literary movement, centered in Western Europe, that followed an aesthetic ideology of excess and artificiality. The visual artist Félicien Rops‘s body of work and Joris-Karl Huysmans‘s novel Against Nature (1884) are considered the prime examples of the decadent movement. It first flourished in France and then spread throughout Europe and to the United States.[1] The movement was characterized by self-disgust, sickness at the world, general skepticism, delight in perversion and employment of crude humor and a belief in the superiority of human creativity over logic and the natural world.[2][3]

Portrait of Euphemia Pavlova Nosova [ru] by Nikolai Kalmakov [ru]

Russia | Some visual artists adhered to the Baju-esque late Decadent Movement approach to sexuality as purely an act of pleasure, often ensconced in a context of material luxury. They also shared the same emphasis on shocking society, purely for the scandal. Among them were Konstantin SomovNikolai Kalmakov [ru], and Nikolay Feofilaktov.[40] Portrait of Euphemia Pavlova Nosova [ru] by Nikolai Kalmakov [ru]

The Saturnalia festival featured human sacrifices and ran from December 17th-23rd. There would be gladiator battles and the deaths would be considered more sacrifices to the deity Saturn. There were also concepts of role reversal; with masters feeding their slaves (still practiced today at work Christmas parties when the bosses feed the workers).

Two Books by Norman Lindsa by Robert Boyd

The Decadent Parisian Brothels That Drove The Nazis Mad

French Women Paris Brothels Nazi
Paris Brothels and The Nazi

… over 2 million French Jews, communists, government officials, as well as other assumed enemies, succumbed to Fascism and were sent to concentration camps, the French bourgeoisie found unsuspecting freedom amidst the occupation.


The installment of the Wehrmacht and thousands of the Schutzstaffel brought forth an unprecedented sexual liberation. This phenomenon expanded the limits of the Paris’s red district of Pigalle to the whole area. The scent of persecution ended when the German militia took care of all its enemies. From then on, fascist decadence and French freedom created a pleasure paradise for the Third Reich. Famous Parisian cabarets, brothels, and cat houses began an era of nonstop party.


Widows Paris Brothels Nazi
After the liberation of Paris in August 1944, the second golden age of cabarets came to an end. High society salons and other brothels were closed down. A strong persecution towards women accused of having affairs with Nazis began. These women would be captured, beaten, their heads shaved, only to then be forced to walk naked on the streets with swastikas painted on their skin, while people yelled all kind of insults at them.

I’ll just link these few as they’re much more risqué: