A jolt from the past. Originally published March 28,2014, on Tumblr. Trigger warning: intense sexuality!

“That love, which is the highest joy, which is divine simplicity itself, is not for you moderns, you children of reflection. It works only evil in you. As soon as you wish to be natural, you become common. To you nature seems something hostile; you have made devils out of the smiling gods of Greece, and out of me a demon. You can only exorcise and curse me, or slay yourselves in bacchanal madness before my altar. And if ever one of you has had the courage to kiss my red mouth, he makes a barefoot pilgrimage to Rome in penitential robes and expects flowers to grow from his withered staff, while under my feet roses, violets, and myrtles spring up every hour, but their fragrance does not agree with you. Stay among your northern fogs and Christian incense; let us pagans remain under the debris, beneath the lava; do not disinter us.”

― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs


Masked Ball from the movie Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick

In the scene with the ritual, the incantations heard in the background are in Romanian, played backwards. The piece, named “Masked Ball”, is an adaptation by Jocelyn Pook of her earlier work “Backwards Priests.” When first contacting Pook in regard to providing music for the film, Kubrick asked her if she had anything else like Backwards Priests – “you know, weird.”

—Yahoo Answers (more info)

The bass priest says: “God said to His disciples: `A new commandment I give to you’” Only this appears in the song. It comes from John 13:34 and the entire sentence would read: `A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.’ The tenor priest says: “We still pray for the mercy, the life, the peace, the health, the salvation, the scrutiny and forgiveness of the sins of God’s servants, worshipers, alms givers, benefactors of this holy site” Then it is repeated several times. Judging by the text and the context it was used in the film, I suspect Kubrick knew what it meant. (from the easter egg archive)

Also, a great article about hidden the messages of the movie at this very  interesting site, The Vigilant Citzen. I don’t necessarily buy into all of it, but it’s intriguing.