What is Satanism?
According to the common definition, it is the worship of the fallen angel Satan by performing acts of evil. The truth of the matter is, that though there are diverse concepts of Satanism, few who call themselves such would consider the above statement to be remotely accurate.
Satanic perspectives range from those which are totally atheistic, to those which revere Satan as a god. How Satanism can exist yet not be a pursuit of "evil"- is resolved when one considers that most Satanists do not believe in evil at all, and virtually all disagree with the various JudeoChristian understandings of Satan. Those who do believe in an entity called Satan, tend to believe that the behavior and intent of the being is both noble and misinterpreted.
Satanists remain at odds with a society so suffused with JudeoChristian ideals, that their perspectives are rarely listened to with an open mind. Here is my understanding of the "Satanic Scene"
The best known figure in modern Satanism is Anton LaVey, whose Church of Satan is agnostic with regards to Satan himself, and promotes a perspective of religio-philosophic materialism. Those who look towards LaVey for inspiration, feel that Satanism is the pursuit of the passionate and intelligent qualities of life.
Another well known leader of Satanism is Michael Aquino, whose Temple of Set splintered away from LaVey's organization over philosophic differences. The Temple of Set worships a dark god who has historically manifested as both Set and Satan, and revealed a philosophy of self-improvement called "Xeper". The Setian perspective, though rich in Egyptian imagery, owes a lot to the writings of Plato, Pythagoras, and Crowley.
Outside of the United States, a fairly large number of small Satanic organizations operate- many it seems, in New Zealand. Though largely discounted by members of the first two groups, various Yoruban-Syncretic religions which formed when African slaves settled in colonial lands, have public and popular worship of Satan, whom they call Exu.
And if that were not all, many independant Satanic thinkers exist, such as Tyagi Nagasiva, and Diane Vera, with slants on Satanism quite unlike that of all of the others. One such independant is the controversial and prolific Tani Jantsang, who claims to be a generational Satanist. Her perspective revolves around Satan as an elemental force, bloodlines, and natural living.
An excellent source of information on Satanism is the Alt.Satanism FAQ v2.3, currently maintained by Lupo LeBoucher. Despite mutual and public antipathy between him and some members of the Setian priesthood, his document is probably the definitive overview of Satanism online and offline.
Follows are various articles which are by, about, or can be linked to the interests of many Satanists.
Ritual Abuse Documents
LaVey/CoS Related Documents
Setian Related Documents
- ToS Entry, by the Encyclopaedia of American Religions
- General Information and Admissions Policies, by the ToS
- Expulsion from the Temple of Set, by Gini Scott (introduced by Kevin Filan)
- Info on The Crystal Tablet of Set, by the ToS
- Fascism in the Temple of Set, authorship unknown
- ToS FAQ, by Michael Aquino (Setian Ipsissimus)
- The Law of One, by R. Whitaker (Setian Priest)
- The Law of the Trapezoid, by R. Whitaker (Setian Priest)
- Set in Egyptian Theology, by Oz Tech
- Magic and Machines, by the ToS
- The Devil Made Me Do It, by R. Whitaker (Setian Priest)
- A New Tarot, by R. Whitaker (Setian Priest)
- Horns Across the Water: Satanism in Britain and America, by Michael Aquino (Setian Ipsissimus)
- The Art of Vampyrism, by Daimon Egan
- Functional Resonance, by R. Whitaker (Setian Priest)
- Harmonic Proportion In Ritual: Part One, by Raensept
- The Power of a Word, by James Lewis
- The Synchronicity To Resonate, by R. Whitaker (Setian Priest)
- Setian Orders:
Graeme Wilson, OLHP, ONA, OSV etc.
- Christianity: The Death Cult, by Graeme Wilson
- Letter to New Zealand Police, by Kerry Bolton
- Letter to New Zealand Press Council, by Kerry Bolton
- Info on the OLHP, by Graeme Wilson
- OLHP Degrees, by the OLHP
- OLHP Literature, by the OLHP
- The ONA, by Anton Long
- The Covenant of Samyaza, by the OLHP
- Intro to the OSV, by the OSV
- Christianity Exposed, by the OLHP
- The Watcher ('zine):
- The Watcher #1, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #2, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #3, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #4, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #5, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #6, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #7, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #8, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #9, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #10, by the OLHP
- The Watcher #11, by the OLHP
Jantsang and Marsh Documents
Literary Satanism, Independants, more.
- The Litanies of Satan, by Charles Baudlaire
- Liber LXXVII
, by Aleister Crowley
- Three Excerpts from Les Chants de Maldoror
, by Lautreamont
- Great Martyrdom Cult FAQ, by Tyagi Nagasiva
- Exu, by Carol Dow (with commentary by Clifford Low)
- Satanism and Me, by Diane Vera
- A Critique of Neopagan Disclaimers About Satanism, by Diane Vera
- Twilight Crossing, by Tim Maroney
- The Hidden Gold Mine, by Patrick Tierney
- The Birth of Hell, by Patrick Tierney
- The Great God Pan, by Arthur Machen
- Burning Inside, medieval song
- Paradise Lost, by John Milton:
- Paradise Lost, Book 1, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 2, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 3, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 4, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 5, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 6, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 7, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 8, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 9, by John Milton
- Paradise Lost, Book 10, by John Milton
- Black Mass Intonation, by J. K. Huysmans
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