NOTES FOR SATANISTS
IN STUDY OF SATANITY
by (Troll Towelhead, Grand Mufti of Satanism)
What appears originally to have been a Protestant impetus to form no larger a group of religious than a certain set amount was standardized and named (hiving) within Neopaganism as part of their coven systems. Typically this amounted to 13 based on Christian subversion ideologies and the stigma attached to that number. In Satanism no such standardization or naming has developed, but the tendency of fragmentation due to reaching a sufficiently large number of individualists, egotists, juveniles struggling to emerge from their Christian chrysalis, etc., might be referred to in this way.
Satanians, or religious Satanists, as they are more commonly called in the field, have a particular relationship to the being, aggregate, principle, concept, or symbol known as 'Satan' which is positive in its character. Whether establishing this through societal or personal developments, those who engage a Satanism embrace a sincere Satanic relationship, no matter its duration.
The term 'satanist' originated long before religious Satanism ever came into being. It was featured as an element of Christian subversion ideologies and used to foment condemnation of competitive cults in their vicinity.
When, in the middle of the 20th century, people began to identify as religious Satanists (Satanians), the matter became a controversy in Europe and America in terms of 'freedom of religion' as these legitimating new religious groups sporting subversion ideology target-names began demanding to be recognized and socially supported (first with witchcraft religion, particularly 'Wicca' in the 1950s; later with satanist religion, and 'The Church of Satan').
Insofar as Christianity is a confluence of religious sects who admire and try to be like the figure, symbol and character of Christ, so the religious sects of Satanity are comprised of those who admire and try to be like the figure, symbol, and character of Satan. Any particular cult or instance of that religion might be termed 'a Satanism' just like one might class a specific sect or cult of Christianity 'a Christism', complete with its own formed ideology against which the interested might contrast.
This larger framework of a confluence of cults within which any Satanism may be found is known to those who study and document it as 'Satanity', implying that what ties them together is something of positive value in association with the figure, symbol or character of Satan.
A subversion ideology is a propaganda framework purporting an extensive social menace of subversives inimical to one's cultures values, beliefs, and social health. Typically this incorporates violent, malevolent, and blasphemous qualities which, while derived strictly from the imagination, are promoted in association with shifting targets, often competitive religious, whom the established culture is attempting to demonize so as to leverage social outrage against them and have them killed, ostracized, or converted to a 'proper' view or behaviour.
In the context of moral panics (a repeated social phobic purging suffered by at least American culture during the 20th century), subversion ideologies are promoted by the established culture for extensive periods as part of their general ideological platform. These are then cited when "alien" elements of some concern may be said to resemble the subversives previously mentioned.
An example of a moral panic occurred at the end of the 20th century during what is known as 'the Satanic Panic' or 'Satanism Scare'. The subversion ideology utilized has in some measure been part of Christian doctrines for centuries pertaining to 'networks of child sacrificing blasphemers worshipping The Devil and intending the end of the reign of Our Lord Jesus'. Through rumor panics associated with virgin sacrifices, and with the support of a faux psychological phenomenon known as 'False Memory Syndrome', Christians formed 'educational crews' and misled police and government agencies into a protracted witch hunt, ruining the lives of many people who became its victims.
(c) 2010 Grand Mufti (Troll Towelhead)