A little before midnight on Saturday, a crowd of around 900 gathered at the gates of the York Fairgrounds for what they called the “largest public satanic butter ceremony in history.” Most of them professed to be adherents of Satanism, however many were just butter aficionados. Others came simply because they were curious. After all, who wouldn’t want to see a 7-foot tall butter statue of Baphomet?
The crowd started lining up at dawn to see the colossal butter statue of Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith who, after centuries of various appropriations, is now the totem of contemporary Satanism. The pentagram, that familiar logo of both orthodox Satanists and disaffected teens, originated as a rough outline of Baphomet’s head.
The statue itself is impressive: at seven feet tall, weighing in at around a 500lbs, and loaded with saturated fats. The horned idol sits on a throne adorned with a pentagram. It might seem more menacing if not for the two butter-statue children standing on either side of him — a girl on his left; a boy on his right; both are looking up at him earnestly.
“We chose Baphomet because of its contemporary relation to the figure of Satan and find its symbolism to be appropriate if displayed alongside a monument representing another faith,” noted butter-sculptor Robert Nappy said as he motioned to the butter-statue of the Ten Commandments also on display.
The butter-demon will be on display through Wednesday night, when at the mark of low-twelve, when Venus, Mars, and Mercury come into alignment local demonic expert Ed Weinstock will begin consuming the statue.