Oath of Secrecy

Oath of Secrecy

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The oath administered to those initiated into the mystery religions. The word "mystery" is from the Greek word meuin, meaning "to shut the mouth or eyes; to keep mum; to keep secret." A mystery is a rite, or religion, that is kept secret from all but its initiates. Since Wicca is a mystery religion, Wiccan initiates take such an oath of secrecy. In a few Wiccan traditions, however—for example, Seax-Wica, or Saxon Witchcraft—the rites are not kept secret, so no oath is extracted.

According to Nicolas Remy's Demonolatry of 1595, "It has long been the practice of those who are associated in the crime of witchcraft to bind themselves together by an oath under the heaviest of curses in order to give them greater confidence in each other; and so that they may be less ready, in the event of their being taken up by the law, to betray that which they have together plotted." He also says that "they do not trust to that alone: for they take further precautions against such a risk by covering their faces with a mask or veil or some such thing."

References in classic literature ?
You have already sworn the oath of secrecy and fidelity, and you are aware that the punishment for any breach of it is instant and inevitable death?
The Oath of Allegiance, the Oath for Due Execution of Office and the Oath of Secrecy and Security were administered to Mr Archer by Senior Resident High Court Judge, Her Ladyship the Honourable Madam Justice Vicki Ann Ellis in the presence of His Excellency the Governor Augustus Jaspert.
She disclosed that the agency as part of advocacy visited some of the shrines in Edo state, where some native doctors who agreed that they unwittingly help in administering an oath of secrecy on the trafficking victims in order to remain faithful to their 'Madams' and conditions of service.
Venkaiah Naidu, administered the oath of secrecy to the Congress leader.
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They took with them their oath of secrecy declarations made in Welsh before a JP.
As I could have shown it only to those who had taken the oath of secrecy of office like me, I showed it to Arun Jaitley and Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
As part of the ceremony, she was made to take an oath of secrecy.
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She was forced to take an oath of secrecy and was threatened with death if she broke the oath.
In the confessional you are protected by the oath of secrecy.