satanism Things You Never Knew About Satanism  

Will Gish
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Satanism - it conjures images of darkness, violence, esotericism, ritualistic sacrifice, blood-fueled orgies, and generally undesirable anti-social behavior. But what is the religion really about? How do we define Satanism? What do Satanists actually believe? Is Satanism really the same thing as devil worship? Is that kid in a Behemoth shirt actually gonna go home, kill a pig, and drink its blood? Answers to most of these questions, and many more WTF facts - including the Catholic Church's involvement in the creation of Satanism - appear in this brain-tingling list examining the many facets of Satanism.
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Satan Was a Feminist

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Some people, including Stockholm University professor Per Faxneld, see Satan as the original feminist and liberator of women. It was, after all, Satan who encouraged Eve to eat the fruit of knowledge in the garden of Eden, thereby freeing herself from slavery to God. Throughout history, Satan has been associated with women who fight patriarchy, oppression, and traditional gender roles while seeking equality, sexual liberation, and autonomy.

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Lucifer Is Closely Connected to Prometheus

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Prometheus, a figure from Greek mythology, stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind. He was severely punished for this act, which is seen as a metaphor for giving humans knowledge that would allow them to exist without the gods—they could now “see in the dark.” Lucifer's rejection of God in the Christian tradition is seen as a similar act of defiance and empowerment.

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There Are Two Major Types of Satanism

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Satanism is kind of like Buddism – while some Buddhists believe Buddha is a god, others see him as a mortal man with great ideas. The same is true of Satanism. Theistic Satanists believe in Satan as a deity, and worship him. Atheistic Satanists see Satanism as a philosophical school of thought, and try to practice the moral and ethical teachings of that philosophy.  

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Satanism Doesn't Advocate Violence

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Contrary to popular belief, Satanism doesn't advocate violence. In fact, by and large, regardless of the branch, Satanism teaches individuals to focus on the self and allow others to be as they are. This belief ties into the foundational Satanist notion that Satan rejected God in order to live free from his tyranny (you can see this literally or metaphorically); everyone who isn't infringing upon the freedoms of other should be free to do as she wishes.

There's one exception to the rule–revenge. To quote The Satanic Bible, “When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.”

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