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Truro Poundland Satanist will be in his crypt on Hallowe'en

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

  • Philip Mawson, at home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-008_C

  • Philip Mawson, at home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-011_C

  • Philip Mawson, at home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-007_C

  • Philip Mawson, at home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-010_C

  • Philip Mawson pictured at his home in Truro, above and left.

  • Philip Mawson, at home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-003_C

  • Philip Mawson at his home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-001_C

  • Philip Mawson, at home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-002_C

  • Philip Mawson, at home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-004_C

  • Philip Mawson, at home in Truro. Ref:TRJJ20121022B-005_C

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SATANISM is being kept alive and well in Truro – by a father of three who works at Poundland.

While children will be out trick or treating this Hallowe'en the day will be marked very differently in Phil Mawson's flat in the city.

He will be in his "crypt" with selected friends discussing the work of Satan.

He said: "We'll have an occult celebration with music and philosophical discussion. We might have a bit of ritual and then we'll probably go out in town."

Hallowe'en is the most important day on the occult calendar.

Mr Mawson said he had "dabbled" in satanic rituals but described himself as a "secular Satanist" who did not believe in any higher power.

He said: "We use all the language of Satanism and his name in invocation – the rituals are an enacted drama for personal power."

Mr Mawson, who wears a pentagram as a symbol of Satanism, was previously married for 25 years but divorced in 2003. He has three grown-up daughters.

On the evening Mr Mawson spoke with the West Briton he had to fit in tea with his sister and an appointment with his mother before meeting the photographer.

His Poundland employers have also made the most of his esoteric interests, previously putting him in charge of the Hallowe'en section in the Boscawen Street store.

Mr Mawson has created a "crypt" in his flat which is filled with Satanist paraphernalia including animal skulls.

Rituals

"People are amazed by my room and what's in there," he said.

"I do not carry out satanic rituals but I'm quite willing for others to come round and do so if they wish to."

But his Satanism does not prevent him from leading a good life.

"We do not need God to be good," he said.

"Satanists pride themselves in personal sovereignty; therefore they choose what morals they have for themselves rather than have them dictated by a higher body."

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  • Truro_England  |  October 26 2012, 5:22PM

    I know Phil he's a very much liked honest bloke! Religon is something in the past nowadays and everyone has the freedom to follow and believe in what ever they like as long as they dont push it on to others... A man turning water into wine? what a load of rubbish!

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  • bissoeboy  |  October 26 2012, 3:38PM

    He has no need to excuse his actions! He's free to choose what to believe and what to do just as you are. Just because his beliefs differs from yours doesn't make it wrong. From an impartial point of view at least he is taking it all in good humour and with a pinch of salt, could learn a few lesson there! I have no religion and I pick and choose what morals to have and so what. If you pick them instead of having them forced upon you're more likely to stick to them. And if there does turn out to be a heaven and hell, surely he's backing the better one. Worse case he goes to heaven.

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  • eu_blues  |  October 26 2012, 2:36PM

    "Satanists pride themselves in personal sovereignty; therefore they choose what morals they have for themselves rather than have them dictated by a higher body." This is Cornwall I bet Satanists "pick and Choose" what morals they have. Mr Mawson said he had "dabbled" in satanic rituals but described himself as a "secular Satanist" who did not believe in any higher power. Well, at least that makes it alright to be a "Secular Satanist". Secularism seems to be the option of choice when it comes to excusing actions like this. He said: "We use all the language of Satanism and his name in invocation – the rituals are an enacted drama for personal power." If Mr. Mawson didn't believe in Satanism, why use the language of Satanism for invocation. Even when Mr. Mawson states that the rituals are encated drama for personal power. Next time I visit Poundland in Truro I better take a cross and some holy water with me.

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  • Life_Force  |  October 25 2012, 9:20PM

    Its wonderful how judgmental people can be without even knowing this guy. Their stupid pre conceived Christian bias opinions are typical just because this man chose the left hand path after studying Christian teachings for many years and rejected them totally. I would just like to say judge not least thee be judge.

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  • roger_angove  |  October 25 2012, 4:59PM

    @ cheekyman_jr Fair comment :-)

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  • cheekyman_jr  |  October 25 2012, 4:46PM

    @ roger I'm as much an expert as every other monkey on these pages!

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  • roger_angove  |  October 25 2012, 4:16PM

    @ cheekyman_jr I hadn't realised that we had an expert on comparative religion and theology in our midst.

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  • cheekyman_jr  |  October 25 2012, 1:54PM

    Religion's all the same, whether it's Satanism, Christianity, Buddhism, whatever....neither is more ridiculous, because at the end, belief in something with no proof of existance is a pretty ridiculous concept. That's not to say that religions are a bad idea, just the whole concept of faith is so subjective, who's to say who is right? The individual? The masses? A load of "commentators" on the thisiscornwall site? This just as dumb an article as the occasional pro-christianity ones that pop up here in never never land. And as Han solo once said "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid".

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  • roger_angove  |  October 25 2012, 1:51PM

    @ Phil_lip There is, of course, *some* truth in your observations. Christian symbols have been abused by *some people* for many purposes, particularly in the past. However, what matters is here and now. I have yet to see any indications - here and now - of any 'Satanist' (Poundland or otherwise) organising Food Banks to help their fellow citizens in need, or the likes of the Toy Library in Camborne, or Street Pastors to support the walking wounded of contemporary weekend 'club culture', often at some risk to their own safety. http://tinyurl.com/6ez9mo Not in quite the same league as the posturing 'Satanist' featured in this advertorial puff piece for his employers.

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  • Phil_lip  |  October 25 2012, 11:57AM

    Problem is doitdreckley is that you could turn satanist symbols into crucifix's and other christian godly idols and have exactly the same as your last part of your comment seeing as how most forces in the western world have used that ethos at some point in our history and some still do now.

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