It’s a term most of us have never heard, but it’s currently trending on social media and news sites across the internet: Spirit Cooking. Within the past month, Wikileaks has released hacked e-mails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. The recent batch of e-mails contained a message from performance artist Marina Abramović. If you are unfamiliar with her work, you can view it on her personal website HERE. In an email dated June 28, 2015, Abramović wrote:
“I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining? All my love, Marina.”
The e-mail was forwarded to John Podesta from his brother Tony. It’s unclear what exactly happens at a ‘Spirit Cooking dinner.’ Many right-wing news sources are accusing Podesta of involving himself in occult practices. These accusations are based on Abramović’s artwork, which has included self-harm, blood and other gory practices.
Here is a video of ‘Spirit Cooking’ as performed by Abramovic in 1997. At the end of the video, it states that it was pig’s blood use to paint the walls.
It’s not surprising that many would find painting with pig’s blood disturbing. The hashtag #spiritcooking has become a popular trend on Twitter with over 700,000 tweets. Many American’s are convinced that Clinton’s camp is involved in Satanism. Below are screenshots from the video of what was painted on the walls.
Abramović also released a book in 1996, titled, Spirit Cooking with Essential Aphrodisiac Recipes. The recipes include unconventional practices and ingredients, including urine, semen and breastmilk.
There is no evidence that Hillary Clinton attended this dinner or was even invited. It’s also unclear if Podesta accepted the invitation. To artists and those familiar with performance art, Abramović’s work is merely artistic expression and in no way Satanic practices. Whatever the truth, there’s no denying that ‘Spirit Cooking’ is having a negative impact on Clinton’s campaign for presidency.