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23rd Apr '17 10:38:31 AM kikiandlala
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the Imperium was a scientific atheist empire under the rule of the Emperor. Even psychic phenomena was explained in mundane terms rather than treated as magic. That all shattered during the Horus Heresy, when Horus brought the legions of Chaos to Earth. Now the Imperium is a theocratic, Luddite empire where people believe in magic, gods and daemons, because they really are out there.
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' played with. The Old World is already supernatural, everyone knows that magic exists as soon as they see a Bright Wizard burn down the local watering hole. That stuff and the occasional Daemonic invasion is mundane for Warhammer Fantasy. The real hidden knowledge is the presence of Skaven and the Underblight, an entire empire of Chaotic ratmen underneath the Empire. The Old World government actively suppresses the knowledge of the Skaven, even when one of their Emperors was assassinated by Skaven centuries ago. The masquerade falls away, when Skaven invade the Empire in force during ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes''.
19th Apr '17 2:24:32 PM JulianLapostat
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* In a certain sense, this is what science does. People went from cowering from the wrath of angry gods during thunderstorms, to understanding how a lightning rod works, to building gigantic machines producing electricity. And that's just one example

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* In a certain sense, this is what science does. People went from cowering from the wrath of angry gods during thunderstorms, to understanding how a lightning rod works, to building gigantic machines producing electricity. And that's just one exampleexample.
** Creator/CharlesDarwin's ''On the Origins of Species'' and evolutionary biology was the most dramatic and consequential example of this. Where before science could be supported because it and theology were different, Darwin showed that scientific theory could provide an explanation and understanding for something as essential as the origins of humanity. To some, Darwin's theory was a GoMadFromTheRevelation and a drastic diminution of humanity. Not only was man no longer the center of the universe, he was no longer the center of the earth, and certainly not personally fashioned in God's image in the literal sense (in the metaphorical sense, and in a more abstract theological definition of God, man can still see himself as such). It played a dramatic role in Victorian Britain in ending the upper-classes support for religion, and it transformed man's relation to nature, society and culture, and well into 21st Century America as well as some other nations, it's still a powerfully controversial idea and bone of contention.
* The Age of Discovery and Colonization likewise provided this effect for both colonizers and natives.
** The former, such as Columbus and others, glimpsed land and peoples they had never seen before, while the natives suddenly came into contact with civilizations, languages, peoples, religions as well as deadly diseases, it had no idea of. Imagine how terrifying and sad it must have been for the millions of natives dying of smallpox, a disease they knew nothing about, whose symptoms they couldn't recognize and dying bewildered about something that no matter what they did, they couldn't comprehend or help themselves.
** Most colonized peoples describe DoubleConsciousness this way. People raised in a traditional way of life, with one particular belief system and idea, suddenly have their identities and belief systems overwhelmed by colonialism, its racism and nasty propaganda. The psychologist Frantz Fanon famously described this mentality in ''Black Skin, White Masks''.
19th Apr '17 1:28:01 PM Jhonny
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* In a certain sense, this is what science does. People went from cowering from the wrath of angry gods during thunderstorms, to understanding how a lightning rod works, to building gigantic machines producing electricity. And that's just one example
19th Apr '17 3:52:55 AM Jhonny
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* For practitioners of Wicca, this is exactly what happened in real life when the Wicca movement became public in Britain around the 50s thanks to Gerald Gardner and latter it became a popular religion in the Western world. Most be taken into account that, for Wiccans, magic does exist as a real thing in the universe as the existence of some magical beings like Elementals.

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* For practitioners of Wicca, this is exactly what happened in real life when the Wicca movement became public in Britain around the 50s thanks to Gerald Gardner and latter later it became a popular religion in the Western world. Most It must be taken into account that, for Wiccans, magic does exist as a real thing in the universe as the existence of some magical beings like Elementals.
31st Mar '17 2:56:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', the Fallen decides to reveal their existence to the entire human race, breaking the government cover-up. By ''TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', the Autobots are subjects of news coverage, [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]] is able to contact the UN to order them to [[spoiler: kick the Autobots off Earth]], and Simmons debates with BillOReilly on whether or not the US should support the Autobots (poll results show that the US would feel safer without them).

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* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', the Fallen decides to reveal their existence to the entire human race, breaking the government cover-up. By ''TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', the Autobots are subjects of news coverage, [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]] is able to contact the UN to order them to [[spoiler: kick the Autobots off Earth]], and Simmons debates with BillOReilly Creator/BillOReilly on whether or not the US should support the Autobots (poll results show that the US would feel safer without them).
22nd Mar '17 9:09:48 AM CupOSunshine
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* In Matthew Laurence's ''[[{{Literature/Freya}} Freya Series]]'', the only supernatural elements in the world are gods - [[AllMythsAreTrue all of them]]. They don't exactly try to hide their divinity at street level, but they're not very keen on straight-up ''announcing'' themselves, either. This is because their power is tied to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief]], and the world's gotten very cynical - tell the average citizen you're Sekhmet, for instance, and they'll know exactly who to disbelieve.
11th Mar '17 5:21:40 PM Anddrix
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* In the ''Franchise/MonsterVerse'', [=MONARCH=] has been covering up the existence of {{Kaiju}} for a very long time, at least back to 1954, including Godzilla, Shinomura, the [=MUTO=]s, and [[Film/KongSkullIsland Kong]]. This {{Masquerade}} gets shattered when [[Film/Godzilla2014 the male MUTO awakens from hibernation]], kicking off a chain of events that leaves several major cities in ruin and ends with a brawl in the middle of San Francisco, all of which was caught on national news.

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* In the ''Franchise/MonsterVerse'', ''Film/MonsterVerse'', [=MONARCH=] has been covering up the existence of {{Kaiju}} for a very long time, at least back to 1954, including Godzilla, Shinomura, the [=MUTO=]s, and [[Film/KongSkullIsland Kong]]. This {{Masquerade}} gets shattered when [[Film/Godzilla2014 the male MUTO awakens from hibernation]], kicking off a chain of events that leaves several major cities in ruin and ends with a brawl in the middle of San Francisco, all of which was caught on national news.
10th Mar '17 9:24:53 AM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Franchise/MonsterVerse'', [=MONARCH=] has been covering up the existence of {{Kaiju}} for a very long time, at least back to 1954, including Godzilla, Shinomura, the [=MUTO=]s, and [[Film/KongSkullIsland Kong]]. This {{Masquerade}} gets shattered when [[Film/Godzilla2014 the male MUTO awakens from hibernation]], kicking off a chain of events that leaves several major cities in ruin and ends with a brawl in the middle of San Francisco, all of which was caught on national news.
4th Mar '17 9:44:42 AM Veanne
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* ''Webcomic/DoctorWhoRegenerated'':
-->'''Daisy''': It's 2012. A lot of things have happened to the Earth. First contact, invasions... Everyone knows about aliens.
1st Feb '17 2:35:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* A similar case is the general Magick Revivalism that started around the late 1800s and early 1900s with the foundation of several new Esoteric schools and others that went public like the Theosophical Society, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templis Orientis. Personalities like AleisterCrowley or Helena Blavatsky, disregarding what a lot of people thought of them at the time, made “public” the existence of magic and the Occult. Crowley founded several ceremonial magick schools. For many Occult enthusiasts and magickians this was making public in modern times what was known in old times and become a secret in pre-modern era. Of course, skeptics would disagree.

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* A similar case is the general Magick Revivalism that started around the late 1800s and early 1900s with the foundation of several new Esoteric schools and others that went public like the Theosophical Society, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templis Orientis. Personalities like AleisterCrowley Creator/AleisterCrowley or Helena Blavatsky, disregarding what a lot of people thought of them at the time, made “public” the existence of magic and the Occult. Crowley founded several ceremonial magick schools. For many Occult enthusiasts and magickians this was making public in modern times what was known in old times and become a secret in pre-modern era. Of course, skeptics would disagree.
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