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Evil: Is Sacred Trinity Monastery Based On A Real Place?

The silent monastery at the center of Evil season 2 episode 7 might be a narrative device concocted by the writers, but that doesn't mean that it is not inspired by reality. The main conceit of the episode – also known as "S is for Silence" – is that the so-called Sacred Trinity monks take a vow of silence upon entering the community, meaning that no word has been spoken at the monastery in its entire 130-year existence. While the location of the episode is not an actual silent monastery, there are real places that evoke similar traditions.

The episode in question follows the Evil team of paranormal investigators as they attempt to discern why a body at Sacred Trinity monastery is not decomposing as they might expect. Over the course of their investigation, the team uncovers a potentially possessed cabinet, a stigmata-afflicted nun, and copious amounts of homemade alcohol, all of which adds up to an eclectic and occasionally unsettling adventure.

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Just as in every Evil episode, there are interactions and adventures that stretch the bounds of credulity. However, beyond the borderline unbelievable central narrative, there are several references and allusions in S is for Silence that take direct inspiration from reality. From the concept of silent monks, to alcohol and even the link to demonic possession and hauntings, perhaps this episode more than any other highlights what an invaluable resource the real world can be for anyone writing horror.

The Catholic church has a long history of silence being used as a powerful demonstration of faith. For example, the most commonly associated monastic order associated with the vow is the Trappists – a group formed around 350 years ago at La Trappe Abbey in Normandy. Today, there are outposts of the order all across the world, including North America. Similarly, a branch of the Carthusian order of monks based at the world-famous La Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps is only permitted to speak once per week in a specially designated courtyard. Although it's not made clear precisely which order the monks in S is for Silence may belong to, the real-world inspiration behind the setting is prevalent throughout religious history.

Another interesting connection established in the episode is the link to alcohol. After being unceremoniously barred by the monks, Evil's main protagonist Kristen encounters and befriends a young nun named Fenna, with whom she enjoys some homemade liquor. Although the exchange makes for some hilarious physical comedy in this context, alcohol is actually vitally important for both Trappists and the Carthusians of La Grande Chartreuse. Trappist beer is hugely influential across Northern Europe, while the distinctive liqueur Chartreuse is widely consumed around the world. Again, while there are few specifics in Evil, the links to real-life are clear.

The final piece of the puzzle at the center of the episode concerns a mysterious cabinet that the monks believe to be possessed. Although direct links to the demonic at religious centers are understandably uncommon, many monasteries do have connections to supernatural occurrences. For instance, Byland Abbey in North Yorkshire was supposedly once haunted by a malign spirit that monks were forced to exorcise by exhuming a body and throwing it into the lake. Evil, which airs on Paramount+, may not explicitly invoke real-life events. However, given the wealth of historical context, it's clear that many aspects of the supernatural show are far from plucked out of thin air.

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