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Fresca
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:07 am    Post subject: The Birth of "Satanism" Reply with quote

**Disclaimer** This is my understanding based on what i learned a while ago, I have no idea what my source was at this point, nor do i have any clue as to whether this is correct or not. I am interested in this topic on a historical basis. I've mentioned previously that comparative religion is a major topic of personal interest.

so here is goes:
American Heritage Dictionary wrote:

Sa·tan·ism (sāt'n-ĭz'əm) n.
1)The worship of Satan characterized by a travesty of the Christian rites.
2)satanism Profound wickedness.


Satanism started in the middle/dark ages and was practiced primarily in monestaries and convents throughout europe. It also spread to the Intelligensia and the upper classes. The practices were a direct inversion of Christianity and considered a backlash as a result of rather harsh church leadership and domination at the time.

Since Satanism has it's roots in Christianity it is in essence a "Christian" sect... or more accurately "Anti-Christian". It has no basis in any "pagan" religions.

Does anyone know if this is an accurate summary ?
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TheHoodedMan
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would tend to agree with what you wrote. It was in some cases a parody of the Catholic Mass and done in a form of protest to the oppressive nature of the Church at that time.

Satan as used today has come from Christian ideology and it is part of the the Dualist nature of the religion.

Some authors such as Craig Heimbichner continues to claim secret societies have this at their core, but never admits that his own religion is based upon a duality and some say pantheon of deities. It is just that hierarchy is structured in a way that the lesser deities are termed as minor influences and that way the followers don't immediately recognized them for what they are.

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