“The axe-men came on an ancient and sacred grove. Its interlacing branches enclosed a cool central space into which the sun never shone, but where an abundance of water sprouted from dark springs.”
-Lucan, Pharsalia III, 400-404
“Weaving spiders come not here.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act II, Scene 2
-Bohemian Grove motto
It’s an understatement to say that the organization known as the Bohemian Club is extremely secretive and shrouded in mystery. There is no 100% certifiable account establishing how this society developed and much of the information which is available is largely based upon speculation and vague research.
According to public relations at the club, the Bohemian Grove was founded in 1872 by five newspapermen, as well as a local merchant and a Shakespearean actor from San Francisco. The first known meeting at the Grove did not officially take place until 1879, and shortly afterward this custom became an annual tradition that has continued consecutively for over one hundred and twenty-five years. The most well known ceremony is referred to as the “Cremation of Care”, or ”˜dull care’, in which festivities are held including opera, music, poetry and literature, as well as plays that the “Bohos” produce and write themselves.
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