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."

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"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?"
ational Security Minister, Stuart Young, last week hinted at the possibility of legal action being taken against Dennie, telling reporters that he had asked legal officers 'to look at both his contract at the SSA which contains confidentiality and secrecy provisions, but also a written oath of secrecy and have the legal analysis performed working with the office of the Attorney General'.
Nevertheless, if the PTI government's proposal does materialise, perhaps an exception could be made in the case of Cabinet Ministers who are bound by an oath of secrecy. On overseas Pakistanis being able to exercise their right of franchise, however, there is across-the-board consensus and a legal provision in the Elections Act, 2017.
'I urge you to stick to the oath of secrecy that you have sworn by keeping every information you will receive from the public as confidential,' Kimiti said.
In a letter dated 16th May, 2019 and signed by Richard Abagna, NPP Constituency Secretary for Bolgatanga Central Constituency, it stated: 'In reference to the party's Constitution Article 3 clause 7 (1/2), the Bolgatanga Central Constituency Steering Committee, hereby, suspends the following officers from holding office until further notice, based on their misconduct and breach of the oath of secrecy, such as not using the party structures and also showing gross disrespect for authority.'
He reminded that oath means oath of secrecy as well.
What's the use of taking the oath of secrecy when government data will be shared," added Chief Minister Banerjee.
Hitting back, the Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the oath of secrecy by revealing details of the pact to his industrialist crony and reiterated its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the intergovernmental deal with France to purchase 36 Rafale jets.
"Not only did the oath of secrecy keep Mellor and his friends safe for months after the shooting, but an army captain himself commented with some sympathy that the atmosphere in Huddersfield after the hangings was one of continuing anger at the authorities.
He said with the large numbers of members of the proposed committee, who would not be subjected to taking any oath of secrecy, it would be difficult to ensure the secrecy of the country's counter-terrorism strategy.
He said the mentri besar had to take the oath of secrecy and that if Ismail was appointed as the mentri besar he would reveal secrets to his elder brother Shahidan.
He cited out Governor Waigurus agent Mary Wambui who was barred but was allowed later as she did not have proper credentials including badge, appointment letter, oath of secrecy from commissioner of oaths and national identity card.The court heard that a Jubilee Party agent Wambugu Warathanu who was for Women Representative Wangui Ngirichi was also excluded for failing to comply with the commissions regulations.