The “Coven” is a very recent term, used pretty much to define an assembly of witches. This gathering aims to celebrate the so-called “Black Mass”, where the participants perform a dark ritual , directed by the Devil himself.
It is said that in certain nights of Saturday, eight times a year (following the pagan system), some women (mostly) were irresistibly attracted to a secret place in the woods. Through desolate paths and crossroads or through the most fantastic and frenetic flights, they all meet the master in the agreed location.
Arriving the place, the newcomers immediately join the rest of the participants, penetrating in frenzy dances and crying out loud.
In many cultures, to dance and scream is part of the ritual of self-expressions, liberating the dark and stagnated energy from our inner selves, very much like an artistic therapy.
The ceremony, of course, was forbidden to unwanted views or non-members. For those caught spying the rites, there were severe punishments or threats, in some cases they were forced to join the assembly. To entering the Sabbath, everyone had to renounce to God and christian faith, being subject to a new satanic baptism and other formalities – such as the popular Satan’s anus kissing.