Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The True History of Pokemon

I'm surprised how much interest there still is for this article, six years after I wrote it. The company that was hosting it has gone out of business so here it is.
This article is intended to show the Good Christians of the world that the Pokemon phenomenon is nothing more than a message from the Devil, an oracle of Satanic influences designed to destroy the Youth of America.
Table of Contents
  1. The Word "Pokemon"
  2. Pokemon and Gambling:
  3. Pokemon, Burger King and Gluttony:
  4. Pokemon Characters.Censored
  5. Pokemon and the New World Order
  6. Replies to this essay
The Word "Pokemon"
First, let us examine the word Pokemon itself. Common wisdom says Pokemon is an abbreviation for Pocket Monsters, but this is not true. Pokemon is in actuality a corruption of two Latin words, Pokos and Mono. Mono, is of course the origin of an identical English prefix indicating “one” or “single.” Pokos is a significantly more complex term. There is a joke circulating the Internet claiming that Pokemon actually means, "Buy all this Junk." while I have been unable to trace the source of this rumor, it has a foundation in truth that I doubt the original humorist intended.
Pokos itself is one of the older, and more obscure words in Latin. As far as can be determined, it originated in Northern Italy as the name for a local deity, also known as Pikat-shoo. The Italians who worshiped this god were polytheistic, and Pokos was their god of thunder and lightning. Most of this sect's gods were bestial in origin.
Little is known about this religion's place during the early days of the Roman Empire, but there is incidental evidence that most of the Emperors from Nero on worshiped Pokos. It wasn't until Constantine became a Christian that the Roman Empire began drifting from Pokos and his associated mythology.
As is the case with many Polytheistic religions, the gods were in constant battle, each one leveraging their unique abilities to defeat the weaker gods. The accounts of these battles consist of the gods forming complex alliances, attempting to line up the strengths of one side with the weaknesses of the other. There was no definitive "Good" or "Bad" gods engaged in the actual battles. It was believed that the high priests of this religion were the ones who convinced the gods to battle, orchestrating the alliances and swaying the favor of these deities with gifts and bribery. Pokos was considered one of the most powerful gods, because few could withstand a lightning based assault. The oldest authentic scroll containing information about this religion dates from the third century AD, and states that Pokos formed a permanent alliance with the Roman emperors, declaring them their favored "priests."
During the eighth century AD the mysterious underground religion that had influenced Roman Emperors since the dawn of the empire began to be called the "Cult of Pokos," as a reference to the close ties between Pokos and the Emperor.
The Pokos cult continued as a sub layer to the Roman empire until Constantine became the first Christian Emperor. It is commonly known that Conatantine received a vision of the cross, and ordered a white cross painted on the shields of his soldiers before he marched into a key battle. The 14th century Scroll of Pokos makes the claim that the opposing army had an image of Pokos himself on their battle flags, hoping to win the god's favor. While the legend certain supports a pagan connection with Pokemon, I must admit that there is only one source that makes this claim, and therefore must be taken as unsubstantiated.
There are scattered references to the Cult of Pokos. While I am working on a definitive history of the religion, for the purposes of this discussion I will just list the most significant events. Mind you, what I'm about to do is tantamount to summarizing all of American History in half a dozen bullet points, but this is an essay regarding Pokemon, not a full account of the history of Pokos.


  • 1345 - Over 1,000 members of the Cult of Pokos are massacred by Christian Soldiers. This is the first known incident of discrimination against the cult since 23BC.


  • 1357 - A massive migration of Pokos worshipers begins. Over the next 200 years most of the religion's practitioners move East. They believe they are following a millennia old pilgrim trail into what is now Modern Day India, where many remain to this day.


  • 1699 - The Cult of Pokos enters Fudual Japan as an underground religion. An effort is made to bring the religion to the Emperor, but the "missionaries" are executed.


  • 1734 - The 35 year old law banning the worship of Pokos is lifted. Rumors abound as to the reasoning behind this unexpected move, but there is no definitive answer.


  • 1735 to 1900 - The Cult of Pokos experiences halting spurts of growth. By the mid 1800s, most of the Japan's intellectual and social upper tiers practice a hybrid form of Pokos/Emperor worship, where the Emperor is seen as a final arbitrator of all battles, and is even granted the ability to alter the lesser god's powers. This hybrid religion is believed to have died out after World War Two, while the Cult of Pokos continues to this day.
  • Please forgive me for completely ignoring the Western and Northern migrations that took place during the Medieval Era, but I think you can see the means by which the Pokos religion worked its way into a consumer product being sold by Japanese game makers.
    The question I'm struggling to answer is this: Was Pokemon created as a tribute to Pokos, a means of bringing new worshipers into the fold? It's entirely possible Pokos was nothing more than a quaint old religion someone's grandmother was practicing when her grandson needed a product idea. On the other hand, the game could have been created by an actual member of the Cult of Pokos. I find the latter to be the more likely possibility, simply because of the startling and unsettling similarities between the way the Pokemon game is played, and the way Pokos was worshiped. If there is sufficient interest, I will write more on that connection.
    Pokemon and Gambling:
    The Pokemon-Gambling connection is a well known and heavily documented one. Pokemon is a "Magic" style card game. At it's simplest, each card is endowed with certain powers and weaknesses. Each player "attacks" the other by playing the card, and that player's card is either defeated or counters. Points are tallied, battles are played out and a victor emerges. The victor usually gets to keep some portion of the loser's cards. I do not intend to spend much time discussing this aspect of the Pokemon addiction. Instead I will refer you to the links below for a further look.
    LAWSUIT SLAMS POKEMON AS BAD BET FOR ADDICTED KIDS - New York Post
    Pokemon Cards are a Big Rip-Off! This page is one child's effort to spread the word about Pokemon. The page includes a series of quotes from Pokemon-Addicted gamblers. Some of the comments are very heart wrenching.
    Pokemon, Burger King and Gluttony:
    While I am not Catholic, I must admit there Seven Deadly sins are an excellent way to highlight the different kinds of temptation people face every day. Satan uses many things to control us, gambling and gluttony are two of them. The Pokemon Web site lists the details of an alliance between Burger King and Pokemon's supporters to turn the fast food restaurant into a gambling den, where Pokemon cards can be traded, bartered, won and lost like money in a Casino. It is a transparent effort to lure parents into thinking that there is nothing wrong with Pokemon gambling. They even encourage parents to take their children into a den of thieves so they can essentially be trained to drink their lives away while playing cards and other games of chance.
    In the years to come, these Burger King Pokemon Sharks will replace the Topps cards with a deck of gambling cards. They will discard the Pepsi for Martinis and replace the Burger King grill smoke with the cigarette smoke from the thousand wasted lives that will surround them. Thank you Burger King. I am so grateful for this Card Shark Gaming room that I will be taking all my business to McDonnald's. I encourage all parents and civic minded citizens to similarly ban Burger King for their efforts in destroying the moral fiber of America's Youth.
    Let us examine some of the individual Pokemon characters.
    I am afraid the grim forces behind Pokemon have forced me to remove this section of my essay. I had originally used scanned images of the Pokemon cards as examples, but was promptly contacted by Nintendo lawyers and told that I would be subject to legal action if I did not remove the offending material. I sent back a letter pointing out that most of the pokemon characters were based (abet some of them very loosely) on gods from three separate pagan religions, and were as such not subject to modern copyright laws. "It would be like Nintendo trying to copyright images of Zeus or Saturn," I said. I received a second letter reminding me that Marvel currently held a copyright on a god patterned after the Norse god Thor. As there are no lawyers in my parish, I decided it best to concede the legal battle until I had time to rewrite this section to be less dependent on graphical imagery.
    Pokemon and the New World Order:
    Many of you have probably read my previous articles on the New World Order. No, I am not talking about the professional wrestling media blitz being used by the Trilateral Comission to desensitize us to the terminology. Pat Robertson has much more to say about the real new world order than I, and is significantly more eloquent than myself in discussing it, but for those of you unfamiliar with the concepts I will give a thumbnail outline of the points relevant to Pokemon, as I discuss the subject.
    Most of you are no doubt aware of the influx of Eastern ideas and thinking into Western Culture. Part of this influx of religions ideas have been collectively referred to as "New Age" thinking. New Age thinking is stereotypically associated with burned out left wing former hippies who smoke Marijuana and wander around with pony tails. Sadly, this is not the case. Eastern Meditation for example, is being used in a number of settings to lure people into the kinds of mental states usually used to contact spirit guides and familiars, AKA Demons.
    The New World Order is a collective term that refers to several movements with common goals and common players. Essentially, China and Japan are the ideological center of a movement towards a one-world government. This movement is supported by the Trilateral Commission, collection of financial and political world leaders dedicated to the construction of this one-world government. All of the USA's presidents since Roosevelt have been members of this commission, as are the controlling parties behind Disney, Viacom and even Microsoft.
    Moving in parallel to the one-world government is a cultural migration away from Western Civilization towards Eastern ideas. Judao - Christian concepts of God are being replaced with nature centered religions based on the occult. A more complete discussion of these topics can be found in the book Like Lambs to the Slaughter.
    Sadly, few people know about these insidious plans. Outside of the average Right Wing Conservative Christian and the Christian Coalition, few people really know anything about it. One interesting book on the religious aspects of this New World Order can be found by clicking here.
    In the larger scheme of things, Pokemon is actually a small portion of this New World Order. Look back at this article. What do you see? Pokemon uses imagery and ideas from a 3,000 year old pagan religion to teach America's youth to gamble, be greedy and loose contact with reality. It replaces everyday interaction with a surreal world of fanciful characters with magical powers. It is weakening the minds of America's youth, draining away time that would otherwise be spent in activities like football, baseball or Bible Study. In sort, it is weakening the Christian backbone of America. In the end, our children are left with a weakened grasp on reality, and have been conditioned to see things of a supernatural nature as a game. Just as Marijuana is often a "Gateway Drug" leading children to harder substances, so is Pokemon a Gateway paganism, leading children into, at best Agnosticism and at worst Satanism.

    Replies to this essay I would like to thank everyone who replied to my origional article. I was very gratified with all of the replies. Below you will find the replies received, followed by my commentary. I have omitted people said about Pokos addresses and names to protect people who would otherwise prefer to remain anonymous.
    I want to warn my readers that the following text contains vulgarity and profanity. I did not censor any of the replies that were posted in response to my essay. I felt it was too important for people to know the kinds of emotions Pokemon aroused.
    One final note: I would like to apologize to Matthew for using his e-mail address when I posted the URL for the essay to several Usenet groups. As Matt noted on his homepage my Internet access has been spotty at best, and I wanted to use an e-mail address I could be sure of.
    First, a post from Matthew's Web Board:
    December 21, 1999 at 07:21:04:
    This is a joke, right?
    PokeMon does indeed stand for Pocket Monsters in Japan, where it originated. It is Japanese. Have you been there? I would say
    that you haven't, simply because you missed so obvious a point.

    The Japanese aren't out to get you. They don't care. They don't care what you believe. They made a stupid cartoon for kids. Like
    everything else, it eventually made it to America.

    It is a stupid cartoon, and not satan.
    To believe that some Japanese cartoonists would do research into ancient roman/latin lingustics to come up with an cute name is
    one of the funniest things I have ever heard. Why? To corrupt American children?

    Dude: There are more Japanese cartoons _not_ sent to America than you have ever heard of. They don't market them toward
    American kids. They don't even do them in english (the over-dubs are done later). Here are a few examples:
    Voltron
    The Power Rangers
    Sailor Moon
    Speed Racer
    Most arcade games debut in Japan. Very few Japanese arcade games are violent, but those are the only ones that sell over here...

    Get a clue.
    According to large quantities of advertizing copy, Pokemon is short for Pocket Monster. The above poster's insistence that this is an accurate statement displays the degree to which our society is governed by the media. Most people's perceptions of the world are shaped by what they see on Television. It never occurs to someone that things might be more than they seem. The media has even managed to convince most people that trying to extend one's understanding beyond the "lowest common denominator" media images is a sign of mental and physical weakness.
    The truth is, Pokemon originates from the name of the ancient god Pokos. Advertizers decided to claim otherwise, and made up the clever idea of "Pocket Monsters" to cover up the true origins of the game. Since "Pokemon" is itself a corruption of the origional name, it's even more likely that the work "pokemon" was crafted to be both a reference to an ancient diety, AND a clever product name.
    In essence, "Pokemon" is both "Pocket Monsters" and Pokos."
    I'm afraid the rest of the poster's comments are somewhat less worthy of reply. The Japanese people are not out to get American children. Japanese cartoonists are not out to get American children. I never claimed that the entire nation of Japan was involved in a complex conspiracy to overthrow Christianity. I'd thought my origional article had made it clear that Pokemon and the religion to which it is bound are the motives of a small minority. It is estimated that less than one tenth of one percent of Japanese citizens worship Pokos.
    Pokemon was created by a small core of religions zealots in an attempt to bring glory to their beliefs.
    I have friends who are cartoonists, and I I don't appreciate your claim that they would somehow be less likely to research a topic than anyone else. Japanese Anime is a complex art form, and while some of it is vulgar and carnal, there is a great deal of research and artistic genius involved in the better works. Please don't insult an entire art form in an attempt to support your claim that a cartoonist wouldn't bother to research a topic.
    Also notice how the above poster keeps talking about the cartoon, even though my essay was about the card game, and the religion behind the Pokemon mythology. I couldn't care less about the cartoon. As far as I'm concerened it's just another piece of badly animated fluff that gives Anime a bad name. It rots children';s brains about as much as any other cartoon on telivision today, and claiming it damages children is like saying Superbook converted sinners to Christianity. My essay was about the dangers of the card game, not the cartoon.
    Before I address the next comment, I would like to point out the above poster's tendancy to group the entire nation of Japan into a homogeneous mass, whose actions are, in his mind at least, undertaken with unanimous consent. Not all Germans during World War Two were Nazi's. Those responsible for Pokemon are a tiny, but vocal minority, muck like members of the National Organization for Women.
    December 21, 1999 at 11:16:40:
    With reguards to your Pokémon article you have written (or is that someone else's, please confirm it.) I would like to see the bibliography of all that information or mis-information that I have seen, since in my experience, Pokémon rather has been quite more positive. Such as this is a friend of mine, which goes by the handle of "Xavier V Mewtwo" in one of the Pokémon newsgroups.
    He was quite angry by your post (besides the usual crossposting and all.), bringing up the stock market and abuse of Christianity to fit ones interests. I would tend to agree with Xavier there with much of his points. I've seen kids that knew nothing of the stock market about a year ago, now telling ME what stocks to buy and sell. They know what seperates small-cap from big-cap stocks, how the Federal Interest rates work, and even some know how to get into an IPO. Heck, I don't even know how to get to one. They all can tell me that Pokémon has brought the investor into the world, as I believe that is quite positive. Some of these to-be-investors are baptized Christians and have their own beliefs of who God is.
    As for abuse of Christianity, I'm as well quite peeved at how it is used, as it is futily tried to point to the devil in a way. Hey, I can link just about anything to the devil, so I know this is not new.
    This "New World Order".. I believe will not last too long, due to the visions of Daniel in the book of Daniel, Chapter 2 (The whole thing). The belief is that the nations of the world will NEVER unite as clay will not mix with iron, NEVER.
    And to finally finish this saying, I can quote from a Christian rock group, Petra. "Why are you looking for the devil for, when you ought' to be looking for the Lord?" You cannot force people to take your belief over others. Everyone has a personalized relationship with God. No one's is the same.
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    (Unrelated information -- but I have to question this, since not many people WON'T ANSWER THIS.) Being one of the few Seventh Day Adventists of the world, I'm still quite dumbfounded at why people go to church and have their day of rest on Sunday instead of Saturday. ANY compitient person would say that the Seventh Day is Saturday, and yet, many believe the Seventh Day is Sunday. Please explain.
    First of all, I have no idea why this poster keeps mentioning the stock market. His insistence that Pokemon somehow encourages gambling in stock is a somewhat logical extension of Pokemon's general tendancy to encourage gambling. Of course there have not been any lawsuits about this! If you read my article you will find a link to one of the court cases that have been filed regarding Pokemon's addictive, gambling based obsession.
    I will post my sources at a later date. Most of the materials I drew from are 300 plus year old illuminated manuscripts. I'm afraid you can't just go to your local library and check out a copy, but I have contacted the owners asking if there are any slides, reproductions or translations available for web publication.
    I would like to ask the above poster a question. Why are your quoting Petra of all things? If you're going to toss out quotes please stick to the Bible, or someone like C. S. Lewis or Tolkin. If you must quote musical groups other than the Beatles or REM, please pick a group that has at lease a LITTLE talent.
    Petra. What is the world coming to?
    That said, I would like to thank you for that Daniel quote. I will take a closer look into the context of the passages.
    Below is a post from Matthew's Guestbook:
    Name - PAGAN Email - WICCA@PROUDTOBEPAGAN.COM Date -- From - MAINE MAN, LAY OFF THIS BIBLE-HUMPING THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH PAGANISM WE DON'T BUG YOU SO LAY OFF
    We are all given a choice of who to follow. It is by belief that following Christianity leads to Heaven, and all other paths lead to Hell. I must break ranks with my peers and say I'm confident that members of the Jewish Faith are going to Heaven as well. It's not a popular view, but I must stick by it.
    That said, I would like to say that the only time I have any sort of a problem with Pagans is when they try and convert Christian children. To be fair, I understand why Pagans would be upset if someone started trying to evangelize their children!
    Pokemon is an attempt on the part of a small clutch of wealthy zealots to undermine existing religious structures. That is why I have a problem with it.
    By the way, the term is Bible Thumping. Please proofread your posts a little better! Children are reading this!
    The message below was e-mailed to Matthew. It's more typical of the kind of replies my essay got. I'm including it here because it's the most mild example of the hate motivated messages that were sent.
    Your Mother is the devil. You fucking church do gooders always have to find something negative about any and everything new that comes out. *Get a fucking life* You Inbred hicks.
    I don't think I need to reply to this, except to point out that this is the kind of mentality that's fueling the Pokemon sales, and it's the kind of thinking that's typical of most the replies I've received. The words above are the typical Pokemon booster.
    Sad, isn't it?

    62 comments:

    David said...

    Pokemon is nothing but a children's television show.

    Hypnotoad said...

    Corswalled needs to learn one simple principle. It's called Occam's Razor. Here's the wikipedia link to it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor

    In laymen's terms, it means "The simplest explanation is often the correct one".

    Sure, you can disect and analize every small detail. You can craft grand global conspiracies. You can even find demonic involvement if you stretch your imagination far enough.

    Or...

    You can step back and see it for what it really is. A television show specificly designed around selling merchandise.

    Which seems more likely?
    Grand demonic conspiracy or merchandise pettling cartoon?

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    Ethan said...

    Ok... Kudos to digging all that information up, but there's no proof that any of it is connected to Pokemon, other than part of the word sounding similar to something else! Pokemon means Pocket Monsters. There are no subliminal messages in Pokemon. It's just Pokemon. Hypnotoad got it right, and-if i may twist his words ever so slightly-you're just crafting conspiracies where-in all probability-there are none.
    I don't mean to sound patronising, but there are much more productive things you could do with your time: that there are people out there that think like this is frightening enough, but stating this as fact? Ridiculous.

    James said...

    I really enjoyed this essay but probably not for the reasons you'd want. Honestly I thought it was a joke article until I saw the comments at the bottom! Im gonna go read what else you've written, see if they make me laugh as much as this did!

    Jack said...

    I am willing to place a $100 bet with you that if you went to a psychiatrist you would be diagnosed as a windowlicking fucktard. Reply to this message if you want to take me up on this offer.

    Jack.

    James said...

    Okay, first of all, if the writer of this article is wondering why Christians rest on Sunday as the Sabbath, it's because THAT'S THE DAY JESUS CHRIST ROSE FROM THE DEAD. Hence "Easter Sunday."
    Anyway, this article disgusted me. I am both a deeply faithful Christian and an avid Pokemon player. If Pokemon detracts from time that could be used as exercise, than how come I run a 6:15 mile and bench press 265 at age 16? The answer is that in my 7-ish years of playing Pokemon, I have never compromised my social life, physical fitness, schoolwork, and especially not my faith over it. My friends and I never became gambling addicts from the card game. So if it hasn't brainwashed me or the several other people I know who play the game, then it's pretty obvious that the franchise is exactly that- a franchise. Anyone with enough free time can tie anything to the devil. Besides, has the author even dwelved into the franchise? He might just enjoy it. Go God!

    Anonymous said...

    So...global conspiracy to make children worship a thunder god...
    My one question is simply this: WHY??
    Polytheistic religions are notoriously non-evangelical. There's always room for another god. I suppose it could be at the command of Pokos itself...but to believe that, you'd have to be backward enough to actually think there are real demons masquerading as pagan gods. Given that this is the 21st century, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt there.
    Now, I do play Pokemon...not the card game, but the video games that every other PokeProduct was spawned from...so maybe I've already been brainwashed. I doubt it, though...still a deist.

    And finally...if your religion is so weak it's in danger from POKEMON, that's just a sad commentary.

    Anonymous said...

    So

    'Pokemon was created by a small core of religions zealots in an attempt to bring glory to their beliefs.'
    Basically sums up the paranoia here. Yet again, we revert to the old 'Which religion is best?' over... Pokemon. *sigh*
    No, no, and..... no. I'm terribly sorry to have to burst your bubble, Cornswalled- but the pokemon card game originated from the gameboy game, which was designed by the writer of 'Game Freak' magazine- Satoshi Tajiri. Satoshi Tajiri is certainly not 'a small core of religions zealots'. He is a GAME DESIGNER. He designed pokemon because he was interested in BUGS. not conspiracies to 'bring glory' to the religious cult of 'Pokos'.
    Evidently it is not a coincidence that 'Pikat-Shoo' sounds like 'Pikachu', and I would definitely be interested in seeing your evidence of this local deity of Northern Italy.
    Lastly, the thing about paganism, wiccan, satanism, etc.
    'We are all given a choice of who to follow. It is by belief that following Christianity leads to Heaven, and all other paths lead to Hell.' However, my friend, I feel that you need to perhaps embrace the unknown with a little more open-mindedness. At least try to accept that there are people with different religions to you, and that Christianity just might not be 'THE' one and only right religion. I respect all religions. Maybe you need to think about doing the same, most importantly on what happens after death. No-body knows. You are afraid of the unknown- face facts- and you just want to have something positive to believe in. Don't we all? You're trying to argue a case that can never be proven.

    Anonymous said...

    So

    'Pokemon was created by a small core of religions zealots in an attempt to bring glory to their beliefs.'
    Basically sums up the paranoia here. Yet again, we revert to the old 'Which religion is best?' over... Pokemon. *sigh*
    No, no, and..... no. I'm terribly sorry to have to burst your bubble, Cornswalled- but the pokemon card game originated from the gameboy game, which was designed by the writer of 'Game Freak' magazine- Satoshi Tajiri. Satoshi Tajiri is certainly not 'a small core of religions zealots'. He is a GAME DESIGNER. He designed pokemon because he was interested in BUGS. not conspiracies to 'bring glory' to the religious cult of 'Pokos'.
    Evidently it is not a coincidence that 'Pikat-Shoo' sounds like 'Pikachu', and I would definitely be interested in seeing your evidence of this local deity of Northern Italy.
    Lastly, the thing about paganism, wiccan, satanism, etc.
    'We are all given a choice of who to follow. It is by belief that following Christianity leads to Heaven, and all other paths lead to Hell.' However, my friend, I feel that you need to perhaps embrace the unknown with a little more open-mindedness. At least try to accept that there are people with different religions to you, and that Christianity just might not be 'THE' one and only right religion. I respect all religions. Maybe you need to think about doing the same, most importantly on what happens after death. No-body knows. You are afraid of the unknown- face facts- and you just want to have something positive to believe in. Don't we all? You're trying to argue a case that can never be proven.

    stefi said...

    I am very impressed by your essay but it does seem to be of a bother in some areas such as religion. Can we ever get to a point without bringing in personal religions? I understand you had to use the Pokos reference to make your point but, the fact that you involve America's christian beliefs...That bothers me. America was originally Native American beliefs and Christians just took the land from them, for the most part. Well, the things we watch on TV do influence our minds, especially for children. You make a good point. I watch Japanese cartoons because most of them have good moral lessons.
    It's also funny to think that the creators would actually go so far as to do so much research just to make something creative. But I can understand about what you are saying. I recently researced Japanese folklore to come up with a name to go for one of my characters so. yeah, I can see how these people can add in stuff from myth and old religions.

    Gunner4God said...

    i am a Christian and love God. i have been a christian since i was little. I played pokemon for a while, in the Philippines as i was a missionary there. Me and my brother had great times and fun experiences. We watched the show and thought it was awsome, and played cards. Has anything happened to me now?? no i still love God, and if anything it had a positive influence on my life. U can take any prefix pretty much from anyword and connect it too pokemon if your clever enough. Plz give me your proof and your research. You say pokemon leads to paganism?? wow do u think kids are going to look at a pokemon and say its a god and worship it?? if i were you i would be posing comments about T.V, drugs , premarital sex and the like. Plz give me evidence. Tell me one instance that someone started worshpping satan or pagan Gods.Lets just say that everything u posted is 100%(which i doubt)correct. Just because it had a bad background doesnt mean it means the same today. So if i sinner is redeemed you have nothing to do with them?? they are redeemed and are not what they used to be. and u say they lead to gambling? well i would say that UNO is more of a gambling game than pokemon. Sure other cards hold more value than others. But isnt everything like that? if you are going to bash pokemon then please give evidence why it is a threat today. It does not lead to anything you have said it does. People who use pokemon cards are not even aware of this info. (p.s i dont think ppl worship liitle bugs and pets :)) I could use the same argument about anything else on this planet. Please give concrete evidence before you post, because "pocket monsters" is just the game and the show. It is a huge money maker.

    Gunner4God said...

    i am a Christian and love God. i have been a christian since i was little. I played pokemon for a while, in the Philippines as i was a missionary there. Me and my brother had great times and fun experiences. We watched the show and thought it was awsome, and played cards. Has anything happened to me now?? no i still love God, and if anything it had a positive influence on my life. U can take any prefix pretty much from anyword and connect it too pokemon if your clever enough. Plz give me your proof and your research. You say pokemon leads to paganism?? wow do u think kids are going to look at a pokemon and say its a god and worship it?? if i were you i would be posing comments about T.V, drugs , premarital sex and the like. Plz give me evidence. Tell me one instance that someone started worshpping satan or pagan Gods.Lets just say that everything u posted is 100%(which i doubt)correct. Just because it had a bad background doesnt mean it means the same today. So if i sinner is redeemed you have nothing to do with them?? they are redeemed and are not what they used to be. and u say they lead to gambling? well i would say that UNO is more of a gambling game than pokemon. Sure other cards hold more value than others. But isnt everything like that? if you are going to bash pokemon then please give evidence why it is a threat today. It does not lead to anything you have said it does. People who use pokemon cards are not even aware of this info. (p.s i dont think ppl worship liitle bugs and pets :)) I could use the same argument about anything else on this planet. Please give concrete evidence before you post, because "pocket monsters" is just the game and the show. It is a huge money maker.

    Anonymous said...

    I happened upon this article and I would like to offer my opininion.

    Firstly, the word "pikachu" is infact a portmanteau of the Japanese words "Pikapika" an onomatapoea for electric sparkling and "Chu" which is the onomatapoea for a mouse's squeak.
    Pokemon was created by a Games Designer who used to collect beetles as a childhood hobby.

    Secondly, I have friends who are christians who like pokemon. The Pokemon Anime costantly stresses the importance of friendship.

    The trading card game is more based around strategy than luck. There are far more games in the world that focus on gambling. Chess does not generally cause gambling, similarly I very much doubt Pokemon would. In fact, in most Pokemon card tournaments, it is very much against the rules to bet cards on game matches. Even trading generally has to be supervised by a tournament organiser.

    The card game is quite strategic, and it is a good hobby as it develops creative thinking.You may stop certain parents from allowing their children to play pokemon and deprive them from a perfectly innocent hobby.

    Also, Please do not insult other religions. No one really knows the truth about God. I beleive that being a good person is far more important than your religion. As someone here pointed out, Each person's relationship with god is unique. It's like in the parable of the two sons. One son makes a promise and fails to live up to it.
    The other refuse, but does it anyway. In the same way, one may call oneself religious but not live up to thier promises, whilst one may not belong to any religion but may still perform good deeds.
    It's okay to have an opinion, but other people also have opinions. Please refrain from saying that you re right and everyone else is wrong. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Thank you very much for reding this comment and you have my sincerest apologies if ther are any gramatical errors.

    Anonymous said...

    pokemon: pocket monster...

    the japanese have a tendency to take english words and shorten it such as starbucks: sutaba. so in essence, poketo monsta (pocket monster) is shortened to pokemon. again in the japanese version of the cartoon they say poketo monsta, chijimete, pokemon. literal translation of that is "pocket monster, shortened also called pokemon." other pokemon such as pikachu, kairyu, arbok, are just words that help describe the type of monster. pika as lightning and chu as a mouse squeak. (dragonite) or kairyu, kai meaning ocean, ryu meaning dragon. again arbok which is cobra backwards.
    i guess my concern is, why do we need to be bashing on a card game, when on the other hand, american toy companies sell toys such as toy guns, toy light sabers, or even bb guns? again these card games allow kids to understand that water is weak to lightning (water conducts electricity), rock is weak to water (water can over a period of time shape rocks), and fire powers over ice (ice melts with heat). so again, kids can learn some lessons from this game, and honestly, kids usually grow out of the game after a while, and get embarrassed that they ever played it, take me for example.

    Ben said...

    Well, in return to that i must say....................FUCK YOU!!! i'm a Christian too don't get me wrong, but you got something wrong with that noggin of yours.

    Ben said...

    pokemon is a very important part of my life that reminds me of my awesome childhood. you have no business bashing it like that!

    goth-is-not-emo said...

    Wow! This has to be the best parody of Christian fundamentalism I've ever read! Thanks for the laughs, Cornswalled!

    @David: You're wrong. It's also a video game, a trading card game, and a series of stupid childrens' movies. However, the claim that Pokemon has any deeper meaning, or is Satanic in origin, is laughably false.

    Anonymous said...

    I just wanted to add that although you were right Cronswalled about several aspects of your essay..i.e. the history of pokos and the facts included..you must be aware that many of the commenters are correct also. there Is a definite connection that ties the pokemon to past beliefs..although the True Knowledge and discernment comes from the person individually and the parent who allow their child to play these various games.
    Being taught origin..understanding and staying Godly and socially balanced will help one not to 'fall into the clutches of evil'.
    I believe there are Many grand schemes that seek to contribute to humanities downfall..but Our Duty as Humans..is to uplift each other in the ways of Righteousness so that when we are 'tried' by the world via our Spirit then we will have the Strength and ability to win Spiritual warfare.
    you have intelligence..the research and written outcome and also the experiences that concluded will vouch for that truth. Yet we need People like you to Uplift the Intelligence of Right Knowledge..Godly Truth and Understanding..not note the misunderstanding..because those are prominent and outweigh the Understanding and support in todays society.

    p.s. I read your words &wrote this because I have a son..nephews, brothers, cousins and even my big headed fiancee who plays pokemon.. it interests me to see the origin of things done in Our society today and what it is based off of. I do not allow my son to play the cards although I don't terry mcmillan him when he is around those who do or want too..I just inform Him of what I have learned..so that he may choose Right for himself..I have even played it with them to ensure it is not incorrect for mental awareness.
    If you look at it from a different perspective..it is the people who are trying to fool others away from their beliefs who are the 'fools'.
    We Are not meant to Fear the evil works..yet be knowledgeable enough that they have No place to 'work' in Our Lives.
    it is sad to fear or run from that which causes adversity..We must Learn to Overcome..Through the storm..

    also, why would the guy Matthews' comment be the Only One important enough for you to reply too?
    Were you being stubborn in not taking heed to the Right Knowledge many of your anonymous readers left?

    Keep Your Head up..Seeking for Right Knowledge..and to the Stars.

    Always in Truth,
    me
    .1.

    Anonymous said...

    i meant i played the game with him before..i haven't tried the cards..it didn't agree with my learning..I do not understand why one would Pretend to have power..in a card..and I do not like the analogy given..it causes misunderstanding..
    I see a game in the same light when there is no positive relay in the understanding..so I screen my childs games too..
    the video game has an advantage in that understanding..there is polite words stretegy and such..but anything in excess of what is needed will lead to weakened mind states and health.
    Everyone, fortunately doesn't fall victim to this strategic enterprise..But I heavily take into consideration..that the Masses do.
    Messes don't always make the informed choice.

    ~me
    Peace pieces
    .1.

    Anonymous said...

    Listen well, this is silly, instead of listing false facts about pokemon you could be reading the bible!
    next i am a christian!
    3rd pokemon stands for pocket monsters, it is not cleverly moulded to make people worship the devil, think, the pokeballs contain monsters, the pokeballs go in your pocket,
    POCKET MONSTERS!!! do you want me to write like im talking to f**kin retards then i will, pokemon is not gambling read the rules go to this link --> http://www.go-pokemon.com/

    rule one of the pokemon tcg:

    ' always have fun when the game ceases to be fun players find better things to do! '

    rule 2:

    ' good sportsmanship gets you far! '

    , now as far as i can see these are not the words of the devil. i do apolagise but the creater of this thing, is, messed up.

    Jonathan said...

    Well you're 100% correct I played the pokemon card game and videogames as a kid. Look at me now I'm a follower of a Pagan religion, and I make daily atempts to convert christian children to my twisted vision of the world.
    No, I am just kidding. (with no insult intended to pagan religions) I was being sarcastic, and it soudns completely ridiculous. Pokémon is not an evil cult, It's just a franchise. I would like to add that your article is based on the card game, which is an offshoot of the videogames. The videogames have no gambling aspect to them whatsoever. Thank you for your time and before you bash a simple game don't do one-sided research (show both aspects of the issue at hand.)

    Master Joe Esquire said...

    I wanted to correct you on this article, but I see there are people that have(crude language and images excluded).

    so, with that, I will just say your wrong in every sense, and go play my pokemon diamond game, in preparation for a league tournament.

    for the record, I run a pokemon gym online. I do not appreciate you bashing what I consider part of my culture(it's a sub-culture). it's a game, I know. But it's also something I've grown up with, from which I learned that cheating is always wrong, crime never pays, and that one must always respect their elders and nature.

    Have a good day, and I hope someday that you will not be so bitter about the sub-culture which connects all mankind to a common feeling of unity, Pokemon.

    Anonymous said...

    You truly have no idea?

    Ok, here are the actual origins of the highly-successful video game franchise known as Pokémon.


    It comes from a Japanese developer named Game Freak. Satoshi Tajiri, Game Freak's founder and Pokemon's creator, was inspired the first time he saw the Game Boy and its unique link cable abilities. At the time, companies were only using it for battles and competition between players. Tajiri himself imagined creatures moving along the cable. This idea led him to create a company called Game Freak, which is the developer of the main series Pokemon games. Eventually, he came up with the Pokemon series when his "trading" concept merged with his bug-catching enthusiasms.

    Six years after Game Freak was created, it released a game named "Poketto Monsutaa." As you may notice, this name is a far cry from resembling the "Pokos" origin you yourself came up with. Sure, it translates directly to Pocket Monsters, but Satoshi Tajiri himself knew nothing of its English translation. Anyways, Poketto Monsutaa became an instant hit. Its idea of collecting and trading monsters appealed immensely to players, especially since in both of the original games (Red and Green), there were eleven exclusive Pokemon to each game. Granted, there was a gambling element to these games, but they were naught but a minor distraction from a game about collecting monsters.

    Eventually, Pokemon became a worldwide franchise, and the most successful franchise in the history of franchises.

    In conclusion, it is merely a result of your extreme paranoia that you have come to believe that Pokemon of all things is harmful to your religion. Good day, sir. You lose.

    Pata Hikari said...

    Hah. Cute. Good joke.

    A completely made up "cult". Vast new world order conspiracies, claims of being a "Conservative Christian" really good elaborate troll/joke.

    But really, it's kind of sad how many people fell for it.

    As a real Conservative Christian I have to admire the sheer chutzpa of this.

    Anonymous said...

    pokemon company just wants mony$

    Ryuutakeshi (AH) said...

    Hi. My name is Ryuutakeshi. I'm one of the newer members of one of the largest pokemon fan sites on the internet, but I myself have been a pokemon fan since the second grade. Normally, when I see a piece of crap like this essay, I go out of my way to trash it and the person who wrote it. But I think I'll try to be calm this time, simply because I haven't laughed like that since my friend Jeff told this end of the world joke.

    Okay, so I did some research and couldn't find anything about Pokos. Personally, as a Christian (I know right, an abomination), I don't care much for other "gods" since my God is the on true God. But we can get into arguments on religion later, because those take forever and in the end become unarguable.

    Now, I would first like to ask if you have ever played Pokemon. Forget the TV show because I'll cover that later. Have you ever played a pokemon game? If not, then you have no right to bash pokemon. I refuse to listen to someone argue against something they themselves have not experienced. It's the same mindset I use against haters of Harry Potter.

    Now, let's assume you have played pokemon, which I guess means you have sinned (O_o). You are, to a degree, correct in the method of playing. They do have weaknesses and strengths. But then again, that makes it fair and calls for strategy. True those who were attacked are defeated or they counter. But doesn't that happen in real life? And plus, the game would never end if no one was declared the winner. Points are tallied, mostly in wifi. I don't recall ever taking anyone's pokemon from them, unless in the TCG where we set cards aside as the prize. But that was our choice. So, sorry, but I never have taken anyone's shiny Ponyta however much I would have wanted too. Blue flames. Can't get much cooler than that.

    I liked your "alliance" between Pokemon and Burger King. Not any different than the stuff McDonalds has done in the past with various sponsors. Personally, I like Subway so I don't care where you eat.

    "Pokemon uses imagery and ideas from a 3,000 pagan religion to teach america's youth to gamble, be greedy and loose contact with reality." As there are only 493 different pokemon, I'd like to know where your 3000 come into play. But I'm sure that you researched this, since only an idiot would write something without research. Now, gambling is a very broad term. I personally use gambling as a joke and I don't even visit the Game Corner's of Pokemon because they get boring really fast. I know a lot of people who do the same thing. As far as I know, people really jsut buy coins to get Porygon. I don't know anyone who ENJOYS the slots.

    Greed. Um, yeah, I want to win and collect all the pokemon. Is it greedy when I want to accomplish the point of the game? Or are you insinuation the point of the game is to be greedy. Cause if so, then hey, I'm fine with greedy. Pass the ice cream.

    Lose touch with reality... you know, that sounds like any overly-protective parent whose kids will suffer in their adult lives telling me that video games are evil. I'll admit, video games are entrancing. I like the fact I can use them to go into my own little world. Since the world I live in (or at least the town) is plagued with druggies and rednecks (who incidentally call Pokemon "gay").

    Now, you had a strong case in some places, though when Pokemon went after you for using their images you shouldn't have fought. They would win. It is, after all, their design. I'm sorry but I see nothing almighty about Pikachu.

    Ryuutakeshi (AH) said...

    Now, onto the show (anime as I call it). As a person who listens only to the catching theme songs and in general not to the show, I will not have much to say. I left when they changed voice actors. Me, being an actor, can tell when someone has talent and these new people... yeah, not so much. But I digress. Main points of the anime involve love, friendship, good triumphing over evil, giving people a second chance, that everyone is unique and different, never to give up, and you must work hard to accomplish your goals. I think my mother taught me that when I was, what, three. Pokemon wasn't even out then. These morals seem fairly harmless to me.

    Now, I'll let you read this monster of a response and I suppose I should pray for you. You sound like a lonely guy. After all, if you had someone you could talk too, you'd annoy them instead of sharing your opinions with us. Not that your opinions are bad, mind you. They're just... misguided.

    Oh, and as a pokemon fan (which you aren't) I know my history. Pokemon is short for pocket monsters and that is the official, and truthful, explanation. See, I could show you the scans of the original concept of Pokemon that was called Capsule monsters. In fact, I should show you anyway since the Mewtwo in that image looks sweet.

    Well, I hope to see a response to this soon. This is Ryuutakeshi, the Dragon Warrior, signing off.

    Ryuutakeshi: Vice President of his forensics team, actor in seven plays thus far, black belt in Taekwon-do, Harry Potter trivia master, and all around nerd.

    Pokemon hasn't harmed me. How has it harmed you?

    94465 said...

    YES!I totally agree with you!Pokemon was created as a tribute to pokos!!!!finally!!someone who knows the truth!!!!!!!!!

    Satoshi Tajiri is the devil!!!we must kill him before it is too late!!

    Anonymous said...

    Man, I LOVE reading a good conspiracy theory. Especially ones like this. I get to hear from someone crazier than I am!!!

    Seriously, even though the article was interesting, its hogwash. I like that word. almost as good as ish. ish ish ish. Is ish a word?

    But anyway: Pokemon isn't some worship of some weird deity or something, or a political conspiracy. Its a GAME. A fun one too. And it's an anime. and a manga.

    -Sincerely
    Mimi

    Anonymous said...

    I am laughing my a** off. I laugh and ridicule your incompetence you crazy fool.

    By the way, the word "Anonymous" is a combination of thirteen English words: This-guy-has-nothing-better-to-do-than-blog-about-his-imaginary-cults?

    You do realize that you researching and studying the practice of cults, satanism, and necromancy, and at the same time claiming you're a true-blue Christian? Uh-uh.

    Anonymous said...

    You're funny. You also realize you're going to Hell, right? I believe my pastor, my Christian pastor, collects and plays Pokemon with his cildren.

    -Posted by a Christian and Pokemon fan (Not a Satanist, member of a cult, and certainly not a devil worshipper in disguise as a Christain blogger with brain malfunctions FAR unknown to science.)

    Anonymous said...

    ^ This is true. You're causing innocent people to visualize satanic images and how to relate them to everyday CHILDREN'S PLAY.

    Thank you Cornswalled, you just ruined my day. All I can say other than that is curses, considering you're made up 'facts' sound so convincing. Pokemon was very positive in my life. It introduced creativity, art and beauty.

    Anonymous said...

    Pokemon is just a manga,anime,and video game series.

    Nothing more,why would you think it is something more. You don't go around saying The Flinstones,or Digimon,is evil.

    Anonymous said...

    ORLY?


    That is all. PS I'm a christian, who even goes by the nickname "Starlight the ampharos."

    Kaylene said...

    You don't even know a word of Japanese. 'Pikachu' basically means 'Electric Mouse' in japanese.

    'Pika' means 'spark', or something pertaining to a small jolt of electricity.

    'Chu' is the Japanese word for 'mouse'.

    You and your kind are so delirious with all your dumb conspiracies you're missing out on simply enjoying life. Which we 'pagans' seen to do just fine.

    By the way, all nice people go to heaven. Religious affiliation has nothing to do with it.

    Anonymous said...

    This article is disgusting, and of course yourself. That mindset is not too different from those that kill their faimilies or do other disgusting things BECOUSE THEY ARE UNHOLY IN THE NAME OF GOD.

    You know BULLSHIT about what you are ranting about.

    You know BULLSHIT about GOD.

    And you ARE more likely to be on your way to hell than anyone you've ever accused of.
    I could give further explanation, but it'd be stupid.

    And by the way, I don't care about pokemon as much as morons like you.

    Anonymous said...

    Good point! pokemon seems like the kind of thing that would be a pagan plot to expand their religion! this article is the most sense ive heard in...




    O.M.F-ing.G. WTF. You are an IDIOT that knows NOTHING about Pokemon, Japan, or God. That was the most odorous piece of bull ive heard in my entire life, now go back to your job earning minimum wage at McDonald's and stop writing this slander!

    Abusoru said...

    Okay, may I first say that this is probably one of the most crackpot theories that I've ever heard? Dang, you sound even more insane than Fred Phelps, which is a pretty tough thing to accomplish.

    It's merely something that was created for entertainment purposes. Satoshi Tajiri created the franchise, basing it off one of his favorite childhood activities of collecting bugs. The name indeed from Pocket Monsters. However, the name was shortened because it sounded to similar to another franchise, Monster in my Pocket.

    The idea that the franchise is based around a cult from hundreds, no thousands of years ago who worshiped a thunder god makes little sense. For one, if the franchise was to based around this god, wouldn't the most powerful creature be an thunder god? It's not. There is no thunder god within the games.

    As well, the Pokemon franchise is meant to be a fantasy. It's supposed to be about being able to train and control amazing creatures that are beyond our wildest dreams. It encourages interaction between people, whether they be in the same room, or on the other side of the world.

    What amazes me is that you took all this time and effort to write this crazy thing up, yet you provide no information about the Pokemon franchise itself. Perhaps then you may have a little more credibility. But even then, you wouldn't be up to Wikipedia standards.

    And by all means, reply to me in some way. Trust me, you would be providing much material for the sane people in the world to laugh at.

    Abusoru, the light in the darkness, signing off.

    Anonymous said...

    Er...what is this?


    Mooo!!! Cows!!!!



    And thats why we can say that IM FIRING MY LAZOR BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    Daniel Halpin said...

    Sir, i am appalled that you would go so far out of your way to fight something that has the pure values of pokemon. Have you ever played the games? Watched the anime? If you haven't i would advise you to check them out because they are teaching our youth fair play, friendly rivalry, making friends, math, and even some simple science. Why would you compare this to something satanic or pagan as these seem to be (except for the math and simple science) christian and wholesome values? I also can't believe that you draw ROMAN words for the root of pokemon which draws its origins in japan. Besides that point your translation into "one cult" makes a tad less scene than "pocket monsters" right? Besides i do not believe in 8 years of playing pokemon i have ever run across a GOD pokemon. I have run across pokemon known as "the happiness pokemon", "the cheer pokemon", and "the emotion pokemon". I believe that you just want a fight. Considering the legnth of time that has gone by you sure got one didn't you? Finally if these were Game Freak's belief wouldn't you think they would have taken this article down? Well they didn't and that shows that they aren't afraid of you because all you are doing is making hanus accusations at a perfectly innocent franchise. You certainly have no respect form me.

    Daniel Halpin

    Dusktrainer said...

    Aww I wanted to see your

    " Let us examine some of the individual Pokemon characters. "

    Too bad Nintendo supposedly told you to take it away...

    But seriously which on of the characters is based off of Zeus because I dont see it...

    Anonymous said...

    I realized what this was. This is a christian conservative who is afraid to admit that he still plays pokemon and he's 25. He's using bull to say bull.

    Mr. Man said...

    That pokos evidence was pretty hard, heck i love pokemon, but seriously i dont think its more than a kid's game.I'm a Christian and i don't think it affects me. Also, memorizing about 500 pokemon makes me really good at remembering names and stuff...

    Anonymous said...

    Hi i'd like to say that i really appreciate this article. It was well thought out and provided an interesting explanation that i had never heard before. It is always a pleasure to glean new information and the cult of pokos is something that i will definatley look into. Also, a word of encouragement. Keep the faith, remember the words of Jesus when he said in the book of john. "If the world hates you, know that it hated me first." There are a lot of lost people posting comments on here so i just thought i'd let you know that I appreciate your words of wisdom.

    Anonymous said...

    I really hope you're kidding. I've been playing pokemon since I was a young kid and it never made me want to sacrifice something to satan or pray to a tree or kill my brother. you're a psycho. really.

    i am a christian, born again with help from my grandmother who taught me much of what i know about Christianity. i go to a small, friendly church almost every sunday, so i'm not some brainwashed moron. the reason i hate big churches and any churches and pastors that try to push their thoughts onto others don't deserve to be preachers. the way i interpret the bible and its teachings is that every christian can have their own definition of god that still follows the guide lines of the bible. i seriously don't think that what you say is true. and don't say that it's because i'm young, i'm actually very smart.

    so please, don't try to push your feelings onto us. as a christian i'm appalled that you would try to convince everyone that pokemon is the satan's spawn. there are much worse things created here in america.

    it's people like you who give bad names to christians AND conservatives. let people live their lives, have an open mind, and stop thinking that you can just force everyone onto believing what you believe.

    40KEndgame said...

    "According to large quantities of advertizing copy, Pokemon is short for Pocket Monster. The above poster's insistence that this is an accurate statement displays the degree to which our society is governed by the media."

    You sir, are acting as though you have the authority to dictate what the origin of different words and brand names are, and are using that self assumed "right" to press an ultraconservative fundamentalist agenda equal to what caused both the formation of the Spanish Inquisition AND caused several well known Astronomers and Physicists to be persecuted for publishing theories that at the time were against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church but were later found out to be true (the Heliocentric Solar System is the first thing that comes to mind).

    Your essay grasps at straws and as such is nothing more than an opinion. It isn't fact and it never will be. You fail at swaying even fellow Christians such as myself (I'm Catholic) towards your backwards Xenophobic beliefs.

    I realize that you will probably try to counter my comment with slurs, smear and accusations of heresy, but where I come from, such accusations just bead off like water on wax paper without proper evidence. Go ahead and throw garbage at me, you'll likely be the only one, but I can't stop you just because of it.

    Anonymous said...

    I am a Christian, and I beleive that you are mistaken. I agree with some of the more well thought out comments others made, but felt that they were written... from a biased opinion. Not as biased as YOURS, but... I wanted to try and say things differently. I might not succeed, but hey! At least I'll have tried.

    Pokemon is a video game company. I doubt a small group of cultists would be able to make a technologically complex video game like Pokemon and THEN manage to sell it to Nintendo.

    Another thing: I don't know anyone brainwashed by it. It's a cute game. You just collect cute little creatures and trade them with friends. Ditto for the card game. Even if your big conspiracy theory is true... there's no way kids could get all of that ridiculous information from the series. You had to look PRETTY hard to find all of that "evidence" and a kid would just take it for face value.

    Well, I can't think of anything else intelligent to say, but I do think that all of the overly offensive comments by random Pokemon fans don't help. They don't say anything to counter your article, they just insult you. I'm insulting your opinion. Not you. You are merely mistaken. I'd feel bad for you, but hating Pokemon isn't a big enough deal to feel bad about. If you're not into video games, then you're not missing anything. I have friends who aren't allowed to play Pokemon and friends that are. All of my friends are Christian and perfectly nice people. Please do not call us cultists. Just because we don't think a childen's game is evil doesn't mean...

    Ugh, I'm not literate today. Well, I hope that your opinion changes. And that these random people stop attacking YOU and start attacking your theory. That's one of the ways evolutionists deny creation. They're just providing proof for your point.

    People who actually have argued REASONABLY, I applaud you. You have relevant comments, despite this whole debate being pretty much meaningless.

    GlassMan-RV said...

    Honestly, do you really believe any of the things you've said in this article? If so, you're obviously... an idiot. I realize this post is at least three years old, so my commenting does nothing for that.

    But still, that whole article was probably the biggest piece of nonsense, from the cake of tomfoolery, baked by the bakers of gobbledygook.

    You obviously have some issues to work out in your life if you really think this way. I mean, even the Pope, of all people, likes Pokemon to a degree. You've got quite a bit going against you here.

    You honestly think that the card game promotes gambling? To be clear, it doesn't promote gambling any more than life does, because living is a matter of gambling and risks.

    If you think all these characters are based on religions, then you do have a point. There are references to the Shinto religion of Japan. There's reference to the golems of Hebrew legend. That's about the full extent of it.

    And, as many people have pointed out, it's just a Japanese video game series. It's not some plot to steal your soul.

    As for that comment on Pikachu, "Pika" is the Japanese word for a spark or a flash of light. "Chu" is the Japanese word for the sound that a mouse makes.

    And honestly, "Idiot" is the word that describes you. "Pointless" is the word that describes your article.

    Augustin said...

    Idiotic. First of all, mono is the greek word, not latin word.
    Therefore northern italians couldn't have the pokos monos words. Greeks lived in the south of today's Italy, until Romans drove them away. Learn history, srsly.
    Furthermore, even the almighty Google shows no relevant results on "pokos" or "pokos monos". Not even wikipedia has anything on it. Wiktionary's blank too, english, latin and greek one.
    I finished my 1st high school grade now, we just learned everything about ancient Greeks, Romans, Mesopotamian people etc. No "pokos" anywhere. Pokos seems to be just a fragment of your mind.
    So my conclusion is, you're full of shit.
    Thank you and good riddance.

    P.S.
    I AM catholic. Don't you dare to say anything else

    Anonymous said...

    For real? Are you kidding? Basically your just calling a childs fun satanic. I mean really thanks to you there are now so many parents that are telling their kids `that game is from satan`. Really? Lemme tellya something: YOUR the one makeing kids think thier fun is satanic! Who gave you the right to do that? And Burger King isnt a gambling house! What gave you that idea? You should really get a life instead of ruining innocent childrens fun!




    Just go get a life!

    Anonymous said...

    Poke - Pocket
    Mon - Monster.

    it was created because the person who made it liked collecting bugs. and it went on from there. the end, get a life.
    A brain wouldn't hurt you either.

    Anonymous said...

    You Suck!

    Anonymous said...

    Pokemon in all aspects is a game like football, baseball and soccer are, and do not undermine religion in any way. If I name a cat Pokos because of a lightning bolt marking on his head, in no way am I being Satanic. The trading card game is what it says it is, a game. Not gambling. Good day to you.

    Anonymous said...

    I love it how none of the information is accurate or real. Notice how he shows no sources for large portions of the argument...

    Anonymous said...

    I'm a 15 year old seventh day adventist and I have 5 pokemon video games, almost 200 cards, 5 videos, and numerous pokemon themed items. I almost died from a bacterial infection this year, and all my faith and trust is in God. Don't tell me pokemon is the best thing you can complain about in this world. Teen sex, drug dealing, and gangs are worth complaining about.

    Leif Coleman said...

    Alright, so I've been a Christian all my life, and I have also have been a huge fan of Pokémon ever since it began around 14-15 years or so. My parents used to think it was satanic, but that only lasted for a couple years.

    People such as yourself have always interested me (fanatics that believe Pokémon in its entirety is satanic, demonic, et cetera) and I've had quite a few discussions with said people.

    I do find it odd however that you only attack Pokémon by berating the card game. But oh well, there are some errors you have made which I've listed below.

    1. You think that the Pokémon card game is all about gambling. That is highly incorrect, your article is the first I have ever heard of such a thing. As an owner of hundreds of Pokémon cards (perhaps even up to a thousand, I've never bothered counting) and played in several professional games as well as casual games, no gambling is ever done.

    People do not "stake" and "win" cards from each other. The loser does not have to give up any of their cards. I honestly have no idea where you received this information; my best guess is that fanaticism has blinded you. Do you want proof? Do a Google search and find Pokémon TCG tournaments near your area and actually go and observe for yourself.

    2. You think that Pokémon was based around this "Cult of Pokos". No... no it is not. I have done some searching around and I have found absolutely nothing that even relates to this "cult" known as Pokos.

    First of all, Google doesn't even auto-complete "Cult of Pokos" so therefore it doesn't exist and is most likely something you made up. You have also still failed to provide factual information and references for this "Cult of Pokos" which leads me even further to believe that you simply lying or trying to "guess" what happened in past history based off of the ancient false gods.

    When I Google search "Cult of Pokos", there are only three things that show up. First is the Bulbapedia website. Bulbapedia is a forum for Pokémon fans such as myself and the Pokos cult is being discussed there because of your livejournal post which is why Google picked it up at that URL.

    The second major hit on Google for "Cult of Pokos" is your livejournal post.

    The third major hit on Google is on a game called "Pikmin 2" for the Nintendo Gamecube. Pokos is the currency in that game.

    All other hits on Google concerning the "Cult of Pokos" are basically people's names if their name is "Poko(s)" or talk on the Pikmin 2 game.

    Therefore, this "Cult of Pokos" doesn't exist (especially with your lack of references backed up by the fact that you said you would post it "eventually" yet haven't and your post is years old) and you are simply just feeding us this false load of bull.

    Leif Coleman said...

    3. Concerning your "Pokemon Characters - Censored" #4 post...

    Seriously...? Alright, THIS is telling me that you are one of the following...

    A. Some sad man wanting attention on livejournal.com
    B. One of the biggest liars in the world
    C. You are such a big fanatic, doing this is normal to you

    No... just... no... Where should I start?

    "...but was promptly contacted by Nintendo lawyers and told that I would be subject to legal action if I did not remove the offending material."

    You WERE NOT contacted by Nintendo's lawyers. Fan-sites all over the internet have Pokémon images and material on them, so how come all those other million websites haven't been targeted by these "lawyers"? It is simple, they haven't, and neither have you. You are lying.

    "I received a second letter reminding me that Marvel currently held a copyright on a god patterned after the Norse god Thor."

    Again. No, you did not. Also, it is IMPOSSIBLE to hold copyright on something that is public domain. Thor is an ancient Norse god part of mythology. You probably don't know this, but it is impossible to hold a copyright claim on such things. It would be if Disney tried to get a copyright on Adam and Eve. Again... you're lying.

    Finally, the thing that has ultimately convinced me without any doubt in my mind on your love for lying is this...

    If you were telling the truth, it would not have been Nintendo that would send you the email. Why? Because Nintendo does not own Pokémon. Nintendo has nothing to do with Pokémon other than allowing the Pokémon games to be sold on their video game consoles. IF you were telling the truth, you would have gotten an email from a certain Japanese company called Game Freak.

    You don't know this (but will now that I am telling you), but a man named Satoshi Tajiri "created" Pokémon. It was his idea, and he created the company Game Freak, hired staff members, and created the Pokémon video game franchise. Game Freak would have come after you, not Nintendo.

    YOU.

    ARE.

    A.

    LIAR.

    I myself am a Christian, so I will be telling you about this thing called the "Ten Commandments" that God gave us. Among the ten commandments, number nine states this: Thou shalt not bear false witness. In short, it means not to lie. You have dishonored God multiple times throughout your post.

    Ironic, isn't it? You try to tell people and act in God's name by warning people about the so-called "dangers" of Pokémon when in actuality you have been typing nothing but falsehood this entire time.

    Wow. Just... wow...

    Anonymous said...

    Just thought you should know. My friend, who is a linguist, and I read this article today. She says that the letter "k" is not used in Latin, aside from the Greek usage of it, very rarely. So the main point of your article is a totally wrong. Sorry to burst your bubble, Cornswalled, but I trust a linguist knows more about languages and their usage more than some random guy who bitches literally about everything that is outside of his pathetic bubble of existence. Just because you want something to be true, doesn't make it so. Get off the conspiracy theory bit, its unhealthy for you.

    Anonymous said...

    i play video games and i worship satan.

    Anonymous said...

    True that. Am also a hunter but will not spend hours walking around or bumping into walls or other people for it. playing rom based games

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