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Goths From Modern Gothic Culture

The word goth conjures up images of people dressed in black, and beliefs that they are little more than devil worshippers. But as in so many things, there is far more to them than the casual observer can discern.

They were born as part of humanities violent past – where ancient battles were fought between various tribes. At this time, goths would have sat astride a fearsome war-charger and made their name on the battlefields of central Europe. Today they have evolved considerably, and are far more concerned with the fate of their souls – and the fate of the planet and its society.

There are many types, and here we consider just a few:

Cemetery

Cemetery Goth - dressed in black, looking at the ground, holding a red rose.

Most people will only set foot in a graveyard when saying good bye to a loved one. And yet, these goths find the allure of the graveyard overwhelming. Such interest does not have to be morbid – instead being an interest in the graveyards architecture and quality of construction (particularly older graves). It can also be a sign of showing respect for those that have passed before us (which all too often these days is simply overlooked – or even desecrated).

Cyber

Cyber Goth - dressed in reds, deep in thought, looking at you.

These mainly require technology. They may be mad professors, or long-time internet surfers. Many computer programmers could fall into this category – especially those creating occult websites and software.

Diva

Diva Goth - dressed in icy blue, hands on hips, elegant and standing proud.

Larger and/or older woman are often the first ignored in many social gatherings. But such women can fight back by dressing as a diva. They can do this by wearing elegant garments made from satin, velvet or lace. When they do, they shall find much gentlemanly affection can be sent their way. Such is the power of the dark – to transform.

Egyptian

Egyptian Goth - dressed in red, with a golden crown, an air of sophistication.

Perhaps one of the more sophisticated goths: since the ancient Egyptians viewed themselves as godlike. They understand the importance of looking after their bodies – as it will then be looked after in the afterlife. Such goths will have a strong connection with animals (especially cats – who are the guardians of the underworld). Trinkets made of granite, basalt, quartz and limestone shall also call to them (since these were the building materials of the Egyptians). And yet, of all the gothic types, it is also the strangest – because the Egyptians also worshipped the sun!

Pagan

Pagan Goth - dressed in black, casting a spell, looking over the ocean.

This type feel the connection with nature throughout their body. They can be involved in the practice of magic – or adopt attitudes and approaches that they feel assist them to live in harmony with their environment. As such, they are likely to be weeping for our planet over the coming years – as she changes gradually with the warming of the oceans.

Victorian

Victorian Goth - dressed in purple, elegant gowns, with her back turned to you.

A belief common to these is that social manners are degrading. No longer does loyalty and nobility exist. These believe in acting lady-like: “a cut above the rest”. Their aspiring dreams might be to ride in a horse drawn carriage, or simply to be wined and dined at an elegant ball. Bodices, corsets and frilly shirts are the order of the day. Yet they may also be great achievers – since they embody the spirit of Victorian discovery.

Vampire

Vampire Goth - dressed in black, lifting his red cape, hypnotic eyes looking at you.

These goths are in love with immortality, mystery, vitae and an eternity of youthful looks. They have the ability to be extremely charming, and strive to take the longer view of life's little challenges. Few actually drink vitae, instead preferring to enhance their cosmetic attire with red lipstick, make-up or garments. These are powerful individuals – since they will usually always get their way (although they may offend many in the process). They are also unlikely to be early risers!

Overall

Goths feel more closely aligned with the dark than the light – but this does not make them evil. They also share a common view, “trust no one” – which sounds like a good motto in this turbulent world. The gothic spirit may also be responsible for many of the great thinkers of our time: who push on – no matter the odds.

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