Devil's Party Satanism in Modernity
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Recent years have seen a significant shift in the study of new religious movements. In Satanism studies, interest has moved to anthropological and historical work on groups and inviduals. Self-declared Satanism, especially as a religion with cultural production and consumption, history, and organization, has largely been neglected by academia. This volume, focused on modern Satanism as a practiced religion of life-style, attempts to reverse that trend with 12 cutting-edge essays from the emerging field of Satanism studies. Topics covered range from early literary Satanists like Blake and Shelley, to the Californian Church of Satan of the 1960s, to the radical developments that have taken place in the Satanic milieu in recent decades. The contributors analyze such phenomena as conversion to Satanism, connections between Satanism and political violence, 19th-century decadent Satanism, transgression, conspiracy theory, and the construction of Satanic scripture. A wide array of methods are employed to shed light on the Devil's disciples: statistical surveys, anthropological field studies, philological examination ofThe Satanic Bible, contextual analysis of literary texts, careful scrutiny of obscure historical records, and close readings of key Satanic writings. The book will be an invaluable resource for everyone interested in Satanism as a philosophical or religious position of alterity rather than as an imagined other.
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Size: 9.20" wide x 6.10" long x 0.90" tall
|Introduction: At the Devil's Crossroads|
|The Question of History: Precursors and Currents|
|'It Is Better to Believe in the Devil': Conceptions of Satanists and Sympathies for the Devil in Early Modern Sweden|
|Sex, Science, and Liberty: The Resurrection of Satan in Nineteenth-Century (Counter) Culture|
|Witches, Anarchism, and Evolutionism: Stanislaw Przybyszewski's fin-de-siï¿½cle Satanism and the Demonic Feminine|
|The Black Pope and the Church of Satan|
|Categorizing Modern Satanism: An Analysis of LaVey's Early Writings|
|Sources, Sects, and Scripture: The Book of Satan in The Satanic Bible|
|Hidden Persuaders and Invisible Wars: Anton LaVey and Conspiracy Culture|
|The Legacy of Dr. LaVey: The Satanic Milieu Today|
|Conversion to Satanism: Constructing Diabolical Identities|
|The Carnival of Dr. LaVey: Articulations of Transgression in Modern Satanism|
|The Making of Satanic Collective Identities in Poland: From Mechanic to Organic Solidarity|
|Post-Satanism, Left-Hand Paths, and Beyond: Visiting the Margins|
|The Left-Hand Path and Post-Satanism: The Temple of Set and the Evolution of Satanism|
|Luciferian Witchcraft: At the Crossroads between Paganism and Satanism|
|Secret Identities in the Sinister Tradition: Political Esotericism and the Convergence of Radical Islam, Satanism, and National Socialism in the Order of Nine Angles|