Satanism (1.)7014x 16. 12. 2016 1 Reader
When we hear the word Satanism, we mostly imagine demons, sacrifices and animal mutilations. After all, we learn about it today and daily from different media and churches. We get a clear view of Satanism = evil, in other words, people who profess this direction are incapable of loving, and it is just about how to pollute and desecrate as much as possible Christianity. But how do Satanists perceive themselves?
Satanists regard the Devil as an Adversary or a Defender. They fight against the status quo, which they bear, as they themselves believe, in the spirit of the short-sighted mind of a man who is driven by the stupidity and ignorance that spreads today's society as a cancer. Instead, they highlight intelligence, objectivism, individuality and common sense, which are associated with a certain amount of egoism.
Individualism also leads to the conviction that only man can control his life, God can never do it better for people to do it. If, for example, we look at Santu Claus or our Santa, there is a general rule here: if the individual does not believe in this creature, they will not honor him or visit him or give him anything. Satanists say that all religions work in this way, something for something, except Satanism. They do not believe in anything that can not be seen, including Satan. He argues that this contradicts rationalism.
So is the question why this is called Satanism? We would find the answer, as professors of this direction themselves, in the history of religion, where only faith and obedience have been highlighted all the time. Individuality and rational thinking were, on the contrary, considered bad. Evidence of this claim can be found, for example, in the fact that the Church recently burned and banned books that somehow provoked and contradicted the general dogma. Satanism, on the contrary, supports and seeks for difference. That is why Satan is referred to as an opponent or opposition to obscurantism.
The emergence of Satanism is dated to a deep past. It has many forms. Worship of the Devil and the Demons. Practicing witchcraft and closing the pact with Satan in exchange for superhuman abilities. Voodoo and necromancy, or even paganism, in the case when the individual is given power through the Devil. Modern, contemporary Satanism, however, does not follow either of the above directions.
The beginnings of the modern concept of Satanism date back to 1966, when Anton LaVey shaved his head, performed a ritual, and announced the emergence of the Church of Satan. The main idea was to oppose the Western concept of Christianity and social repression by using natural instinct and desires.
The philosophy of the Church of Satan influenced these works:
- Aleister Crowley, Theme Abbey and Magick
- Cynical, anti-theological views of Friedrich Nietzsche
- Ayna Rand's Objectivism
- Phineas Taylor Barnum and its modern way of loud promotion
- Brutal reality of the author's writings, which appeared under the pseudonym Ragnar Redbeard
But back to LaVey. At the beginning of the 1960s, before the founding of the Church of Satan, he held a midnight black mass in his Victorian house. Many of the high-ranking people showed interest in his activity, thereby assuring him a status of local legend, which is why he founded the already mentioned church.
In 1969, LaVey wrote the Satanic Bible, which is the cornerstone of modern Satanism. More than a million copies have been sold and translated into several world languages.
The Satan Church enjoyed great popularity in the sixties and seventies. Famous celebrities also visited it.
The 1975 year was a major change for the Church of Satan. It began to split into several offshoots.
It was also a year when one of the high-ranking members of the Church broke away and established the Seth Temple. His act was defended by the fact that LaVey does not believe much in Satan, but rather takes it as a metaphor. LaVey saw the Devil more like the dark power of nature than the supernatural creature.
Between 1970 and 1992, LaVey wrote three more books: Satan Witches, Satanistic Rituals, and Devil's Notebooks.
In the 1980s, America was overwhelmed by panic stemming from the widespread awareness of Satanism. This topic has been the subject of talk shows, news stories and news articles. It was written that satanist serial killers roam the ground and open nurseries led by members of the Devil's cult and where the children should then be abused and sacrificed. The whole matter was so large that the FBI itself was involved. Her investigation, however, did not show that something like that was going on.
After releasing the Devil Notebook in 1992, LaVey made a film called Speak of the Devil, which was actually a documentary about him, the history of Satanism and his church. It seemed that the interest in satanism increased due to this image, but the real boom only occurred in 1996.
In 1996, the outstanding artist Marilyn Manson released the album Antichrist Superstar, which led to an unprecedented wave of interest in satanism, especially among members of the so-called Gothic movement, which was more or less a matter of teenage youth. Many young people claimed themselves to be Satanists, but rather, rather than actually being, they masked their rebellion against Christianity and their parents.
Nevertheless, for the Church of Satan it was golden harvest. Membership requests only multiplied. Ironically, however, it was during the biggest boom that LaVey died, and the heart failure at his house at night 27.10 1997.
The Satan Church after LaVey's death
It was no surprise that the end of the church's founder's functioning of the Satanist community was suspended for some time. There have also been a lot of individuals who have tried to demystify and uncover the private life of LaVey, including the Church.
Karla LaVey (Anton's eldest daughter) and Blanche Barton (she was the author of his biography and also his son's mother); both of them were in the position of the highest priests of the Church of Satan. However, Blanche, after the joint venture, drew up with LaVe's last will, which stated that the church, all property and rights to Anton's books belonged to their common son (named Xerxes).
LaVey's daughter, Karl, came up with the idea that her father wrote her on a lethal bed and under the influence of strong drugs. Blanchina's will was discredited and a new settlement had to be made.
Karla then passed her father's lecture by lecturing at universities, participating in television shows and radio.
In 1999, she decided to establish "The First Church of Satan", which ideologically followed the Church of Satan.
Blanche now resides in San Diego and is no longer dealing with the administration of the Satan Church. The Church currently works online, the sites are officially located in New York, but there is still a PO Box in San Francisco, where Blanche has a private post office.
After LaVey's death in 1997, countless other branches of satanic cults emerged, but most of them are limited to the Internet.
Satanism was, is and will be about individualism, its supporters do not look at the current "correct" policy. It's a bit of a cliché, but it's still true: if you want to become a satanist, you must not associate with any organization. Only you yourself manage your life.
In the following works: Satanists' expressions in culture, politics and social life, nine satanic sins, nine satanic fundamental statements, eleven satanic principles, and many other topics.