who is Anamadim and whats up with the pro ana religion?

I just want to know more about it, i've tried google but all i get are summoning rituals. i dont need to know you ropinion on anorexia, i just want to know about this "religion" like the story behind it.

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  • Religious Overtones of the Pro-Ana Movement

    One of the most interesting and perhaps disturbing aspects of the pro-ana movement is the "religion" of Ana. Many sites, including Ana's Underground Grotto, feature various religiously-themed material. There is an Ana Creed, an Ana Psalm and Ana "Commandments" based on the Nicene Creed, the 23rd Psalm and the Ten Commandments, of Christianity and the Bible. There is also a ritual for the "Summoning of Anamadim," which Ana's Underground Grotto calls "the guardian Servitor of the Anorectic Praxis," or, in layman's terms, the god of starvation. This particular ritual can only be performed at 1:47 am on the New Moon.

    Indeed, this movement has a cult-like following and no doubt its religious overtones contribute to perception that "pro-ana" is in fact a cult. Chris Bushnell states,

    "While not all pro-anorexia websites use religion as a means to convert new sufferers, nearly all the websites use some form of mental manipulation," Dr. Vivian Hanson Meehan, is president of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). She states, of the religious overtones of many pro-ana sites, "Some girls are using a religious angle to further lock in their followers into this new lifestyle . . . they need followers to justify their behavior."

    Anorexia is about control. Adopting a religious approach to the disorder appeals to young women in at least two ways. For the follower, who becomes ꜱᴜcκed in by the religious nature of "ana" practice, the exoneration of self-control rather than allowing an external force to take control is appealing. Or she may take comfort in the rules and regulations of the "Thin Commandments." For those who promote the religious ideology on their websites, the appeal is from being able to control another. In a sense, the girls who promote the "creed" and "commandments" of "Ana" are religious leaders, who have power over their followers. While deep within, they know their own lives are spinning out of control, here they can feign sovereignty or at least appear to enjoy the enviable state of "having it all together."

    What is disturbing about the use of religious themes on pro-ana websites is the fact that teenage girls are using them to manipulate each other and to promote a potentially fatal lifestyle. During their teen years, people are trying to figure out what they believe, about the world, about life in general. In an article on MSNBC.com, the Associated Press reports, "The majority of American teens believe in God and worship in conventional congregations, but their religious knowledge is remarkably shallow, and they have a tough time expressing the difference that faith makes in their lives . . ." Teens understand the role of religion but often do not comprehend their own congregation's theology. A teen suffering from an easting disorder may feel isolated by her own religious group and see "Ana" as an alternative.

  • Pro Ana Commandments

  • that is an excellent question if you find out let me know. i will look also.

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