Ritual at CERN

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DateAugust 2016
DescriptionAlleged occult ritual occurring in the grounds of CERN

The CERN ritual hoax is a "found footage" (which is a film technique) video that depicts a supposed occult ritual occurring in the grounds of CERN, a European particle physics research organization. The video shows several people dressed in black cloaks surrounding a statue of the Hindu deity Shiva and apparently stabbing a woman in a human sacrifice. The video ended with the person filming crying out and running away.[1] The video became popular in August 2016, buoyed by many existing conspiracy theories concerning CERN.

CERN later stated in its FAQ that the video was "fiction" and the actions violated its professional guidelines, as would indeed a real ritual sacrifice.[2]


A CERN spokesperson has told AFP that the video is only a prank and that nobody actually died. Still, she says, "These scenes were filmed on our premises without official permission or knowledge" and "CERN does not condone this type of spoof." An investigation is underway. The spokesperson confirmed that the only people capable of gaining access to CERN facilities are people with security clearance, which means the pranksters must be CERN employees or visiting scientists. The CERN spokesperson did not comment on possible suspects.[3][4]

The video caused controversy both by creating mockery of existing theories and by fueling existing conspiracy theories about CERN activities. Given that the ritual was performed in front of a statue of dancing Shiva, some believed the ritual was satanic in nature. This further fueled theories that CERN's goal was to use their Large Hadron Collider to create a portal to hell, summon the antichrist, or resurrect the ancient gods.[5]

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Ritual at CERN

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