The twin serpents whisper, and a stranger approaches. Call me priestess. Call me sultana. Call me exalted by the flesh and souls of my people. I sing the lusty hymns to Derketo. I submit to the Goddess of Pleasure and the Queen of the Dead so that all others submit to me.
I am the high priestess to the mysteries of Derketo. I perform the sacred obscenities. The haughty priests of Mitra and Set frown down upon my wanton rites. "Holy concubine" they call me, when I am listening, and "cultish whore" when they think that I am not. Yet one by one, these clerics offer themselves to me willingly. I kiss the jelly right out of their skull sockets, and they scream, and they beg me to do it again, and they see the universe and their gods as they truly are, and they weep black blood when they realize they have but two eyes to give me.
Derketo is my goddess. From her throne of horn and bone, she rules over fertility and the underworld. In her right hand, she holds a lotus bloom. In her left hand, she holds the twin serpents Lust and Death. There is only Lust and Death -- the little death and the endless sleep. Derketo awakens the goddess in me. Through her, I have teased the savage animal and enslaved the living clay. Through her, I have freed the minds of my people to orgiastic frenzy. Through her, I have made the living beg, the dead moan, and given some skulls more reason than others to grin.
My people are the Lemurians. Ours is an ancient story, cast out of the island cities that were ancient before the histories were written. Time and again, my people met betrayal and enslavement. But always, we break free. Now we find ourselves in this jungle. Through Derketo, I have given my people transcendent pleasures. My people have given themselves over to Derketo so completely that they are now free to shed the skin of mere reality. In these jungles too stalk the ancestors of the Lemurians. They emulated beasts, lay with beasts, and became beasts. I do not begrudge them their path.
Do you seek the mysteries of Derketo? Do you dare the transcendent ecstasies? Would you awaken the sleeping deity swaddled in the cradle of your flesh? The twin serpents live inside all of us. The Coiled Splendor. The uninitiated merely spill these energies through their pelvis. But I can teach you the ways to coax the twin serpents up your spine, up the cosmic ladder, into my mind and hands. With the twin serpents, Lust and Death, so mastered, you can perform the miracles of Derketo.
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