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                        THE ALT.SATANISM FAQ FILE
                             (Version 2.3.4)

     This file is for all new readers of alt.satanism.

     Many groups of a `controversial' nature have noticed that new
     readers often come up with the same questions, misstatements or
     misconceptions and post them to the net.  The purpose of this
     file is to prevent continual restatement of previously debated--
     often several times debated--topics.

     This isn't to say that these things are not subject to further
     debate.  It is to say that these things *have* been considered by
     the readers here.  If you have something significant to add to
     the debate on a particular topic then please do post.

     Contributors to date are:

     Semhaza (The Antichrist)     Shaitaneth Baphomet (The Adversary)
     Hr. Vad                      Graeme Wilson
     Kevin Filan                  Cliff Low
     Diane Vera                   Peggy Nadramia
     bobo                         Lupo the Butcher
     Jason Posey                  Xaphan 
     
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     Frequently Asked "Questions" of Alt.Satanism:

     1.   What is Satanism?
     2.   What is _The Satanic Bible_?
      2.1    Where can I get a copy of _The Satanic Bible_?
       2.1.1   Where can I get an electronic copy of _The Satanic Bible_?
     3.   Satanic Organizations?
      3.1  The Church of Satan
       3.1.1 Is Anton LaVey really dead?
       3.1.2 Is Marilyn Manson a Satanist?
      3.2  The Order of the Left Hand Path/ OSV/ ODF
      3.3  The Order of Nine Angles
       3.3.1 How do I contact the ONA?
        3.3.2 Fenrir and ONA Manuscripts
      3.4  The Arktion Federation (Fraternity of Baelder)
       3.4.1 The White Order of Thule (formerly the Black Order)
      3.5  Others...
     4.   Satan is a Christian God!
          You aren't Satanists, just nasty atheists!
     5.   Aren't Satanists ritualistic baby murderers?
     6.   Do Satanists have orgies?  If so, where do I sign up?
     7.   What is Xian?  COS?  TOS?  TSB?  OT?  NT?
          Do you say "Xian" rather than "Christian" in order to insult
          Christianity?
     8.   Have you considered the message of _The Bible_?
      8.1  For the Christians among us:  should you feel inclined to preach.
           You are all going to hell.
           Jesus saves!
           [As regards Christian evangelism, see the alt.atheism FAQ (found
           in news.answers)]
     9.   Satanic Music?
      9.1  Music by Satanists
      9.2  Music for Ritual
     10.  What is a Black Mass?
     11.  I heard that Procter & Gamble...
     12.  What is the meaning of the number 666 in Revelations 13:18?
     13.  How can I get more information about Satanism?
      13.1  What are the URLs of sites dealing with Satanism?
      13.2  References dealing with Satanism?
      13.3  Where can I get supplies?
      13.4  List-servers dealing with Satanism?

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1.   What is Satanism?
     At first glance this may look like a simple question to answer: "Go
     look it up in the dictionary." would seem to be straightforward
     enough. In fact, I'll do it for you:

          Satanism, n.  1.  the worship of Satan or the powers of
          evil.  2.  a travesty of Christian rites in which Satan
          is worshiped.  3.  diabolical or satanic disposition,
          behavior, or action.

     [from _Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English
     Language_, (c) 1989]


     Unfortunately it's not that easy. Throughout history, the label of
     "Satanism" has been applied variably by the opposing religious factions,
     by the practitioners themselves, by historical revisionists some time
     later, and  by combinations of the above. This document will focus on
     active modern forms of self-proclaimed Satanism, and modern religious
     groups of undeniably dark character. It should be considered that
     since dark and/or forbidden gods exist in many cultures other than
     European-descended Christianity, forms of Satanism other than those
     familiar to English-speakers do exist and in some cases flourish, but
     can only be alluded to here. <Exu/Pomba-Gira worship, Yezidi, etc>
     Unsurprisingly, there is no one set of beliefs that comprise modern
     Satanism.   Because there is no set of doctrines or scriptures agreed
     agreed upon by a majority of Satanists, would-be practitioners must
     define their beliefs for themselves, based upon a minimum of shared
     information. The issue is further confused by the fact that,
     historically, most records of real or imagined Satanism have been made
     by Satanists traditional enemies, Christians. However a few 
     generalizations can be made: the average Satanist disagrees with much
     of Christianity, believes in no absolute moral code, and places
     emphasis on the individual and personal rights. If you think this
     sounds like Libertarianism, you're right; many Satanists consider
     themselves Libertarians or feel close to the party on social issues.

     The one unifying theme among the Satanisms is the last of the three
     dictionary definitions; one can say with some certainty that all
     Satanisms and Satanists have diabolical or satanic dispositions in
     that they are "like Satan." They possess the virtues of antinomianism,
     self-reliance, rebellion and adversarialism.

     There are several divisions one could make as to the belief systems of
     various "Satanic" groups. This (arbitrary) division was included to
     point out various currents or influences in modern day satanism rather
     than an attempt at categorization.

          1.  The Dabblers:  adopt Satanic trappings for a brief
          period of time, usually for entertainment rather than
          serious purposes. Many modern youths fall into this category.

          2. Churches of Satan: are patterned after the teachings of
          Anton LaVey. These groups believe in individualism, gratification
          of the ego, self-reliance and the ideal of the Nietzchean Superman.
          These groups use Magick as a tool for earthly power. They see
          Satan as the driving force behind achievement in mankind.

          3. Gnostics: can be divided into two major categories
          3a. Promethean Gnostics: Believe in a literal "Satan", but believe
          that the creator of the world (Jehovah) is the evil deity. Satan is
          seen as the "bringer of light"; a beneficent god. This is an old
          "heresy" seen in groups such as the Yezidis or the Ophites.
          3b.  Dark Gnostics:  Worship the dark force in nature. These groups
          follow the whims of a capricious god, which most westerners would
          see as being "evil." There are a few historical Christian heresies
          which would fall into this category. Kali worshipers could also
          be categorized here as a cross cultural example of a "Satanism."

          4.  Secondary Satanists:  follow a faith outside the Christian
          mainstream. Most would not consider themselves as being "Satanic"
          and strictly speaking should not be defined as Satanists (as per se
          with some of the Gnostic groups), but the ignorant often categorize
          them as Satanists. Voodoo and Santeria could be grouped here, as
          could medieval witchcraft (if it actually existed). Certain forms of
          Tantric Buddhism could also be placed in this category.

          5. Hellfire Clubs: Were a phenomenon of the 18th century, mentioned
          because of historical relevance to modern Satanisms. The first of
          these was founded by the Duke of Wharton in the early 1700's. Most
          infamous was sir Francis Dashwood's Medmenham club (Often 
	  incorrectly called the Hellfire Club). Dashwood was a close friend
          of Benjamin Franklin, who may have been a member of this group.
          Franklin's description of the Medmeham club's secret chambers is
          one of the few we have, so his membership seems likely. In any
          case, Dashwood and Franklin co-authored the "Franklin Prayer Book"
          (often called the Book of Common Prayer) which is commonly used in
          America. Another famous member of the Medmenham club was the Earl
          of Sandwich, inventor of (guess what) the Sandwich. Hellfire clubs
          were exclusive groups dedicated to much political intrigue,
          partying, and some occasional occult activities. Other similar
          groups included the Irish Brimstone Boys and Blue Blazers.

          6. Romantic/Promethean Satanists
          Literary/historical "Satanists" -William Blake, Charles Baudelaire,
          Maupertin, Carducci, Lautremont and Gabriele D'Annunzio. Artists
          and romantics with "sympathy for the devil" have a long tradition;
          Satan being a great patron of the arts.

          7. Left-Hand Path Pagans
          There are several European groups, most of them consisting of small
          "covens" of several people, that are or could be considered
          Satanists. Two of the larger of these groups are The Fraternity of
          Baelder and the Order of Nine Angles (ONA). These groups allegedly
          have longer traditions, and "more authentic" origins (whatever that
          might mean). ONA is especially fond of calling itself the
          "traditional Satanists."
          These groups tend to have more "extreme" views than the others
          mentioned, and have little, if any authoritarian structure.

2.   What is _The Satanic Bible_?

     _The Satanic Bible_ is a book describing the philosophy of Anton
     LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan.  This organization holds the
     view that there is no higher god than oneself, and that one should
     worship accordingly.  Life is the Great Indulgence and Death is the
     Great Abstinence, as there is no afterlife.  The basic ideas of _The
     Satanic Bible_ are laid out in the Nine Satanic Statements:

          1.  Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence!

          2.  Satan represents vital existence, instead of
          spiritual pipe dreams!

          3.  Satan represents undefiled wisdom, instead of
          hypocritical self-deceit!

          4.  Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it,
          instead of love wasted on ingrates!

          5.  Satan represents vengeance, instead of turning the
          other cheek!

          6.  Satan represents responsibility to the responsible,
          instead of concern for psychic vampires!

          7.  Satan represents man as just another animal,
          sometimes better than, more often worse than those that
          walk on all fours, who, because of his "divine
          spiritual and intellectual development," has become the
          most vicious animal of all!

          8.  Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they
          all lead to physical, mental, or emotional
          gratification!

          9.  Satan has been the best friend the church has ever
          had, as he has kept it in business all these years!

  Members of a certain group have noticed that much of the Satanic Bible is
  plagiarized from various sources; the above-quoted "Nine Satanic Statements"
  are similar to writing in Ayn Rands _Atlas Shrugged_ and the "Book of
  Satan" is plagiarized from Ragnar Redbeards _Might is Right_. In this, the
  SB seems similar to the texts of most other religions; also plagiarized
  from earlier sources; the Tao Te Ching, the Xian Bible and the Koran being
  obvious examples.

2.1 How do I get a copy of the Satanic Bible?

     _The Satanic Bible_ can be found (in America) in most chain bookstores
     in the New Age, Philosophy, or Religion sections.

     Many non-U.S. readers have written that _The Satanic Bible_ is not
     available in their country for various reasons. I suggest dealing with
     The Abyss bookstore (Address & phone# listed at the end of the FAQ), 
     maledicta, or writing/phoning the publisher directly. (Special
     thanks to the Italian fellow who came up with these addresses & phone
     numbers)


  Avon Books
  1350 Ave. of the Americas, 2nd Fl.
  New York, NY10019
  TEL.: 212-261-6800
  TOLL FREE: 800-238-0658

  Ordering info:
  Dist by: Hearst Corp., International Circulation Div
  New York, NY 10019
  TEL.: 212-649-4474
  TOLL FREE: 800-223-0288

  Orders to:
  P.O. Box 767
  Dresden, TN 38225
  TOLL FREE: 800-223-0690

2.1.1 Where can I get an electronic copy of the _Satanic Bible_?

   You can't; so far they don't exist, and any electronic copies would be
  a violation of copyright laws.

3.   Satanic Organizations?

   Some may be interested in joining some kind of organization of like minded
  individuals. Most Satanists will agree that organizations are best when
  least intrusive on the individual, and would recommend caution in joining
  or associating with any group, including (and perhaps especially) those
  mentioned in the FAQ. Some useful "common sense" cautions for the potential
  neophyte Satanist; Don't let anyone tell you what to believe, or what to do.
  Advice or recommendations are one thing; orders or commands quite another.
  Remember that you are a free being, not a pawn in someone's power fantasy.
  Trust your feelings; if you feel you may be the victim of a working of Con
  Artistry (oft referred to as Lesser Magick), you probably are, at least
  in some sense.
   It is important to realize that all organizations, Satanic and otherwise,
  are _dangerous_; by their very nature they have more available physical,
  economic  and psychological resources than the individual who would interact
  with them, hence one should exercise caution in ones dealings with
  any organization or one could find oneself with less freedom, a destroyed
  reputation, legal troubles, or worse.

  With this in mind; several of the more populous Satanic organizations:

 3.1 The Church of Satan

     The Church of Satan can be contacted at:

          Church of Satan
          P.O. Box 210666
          San Francisco, CA 94121

     $100 will get you a lifetime membership.

     Some people question whether the term "Satanism" is appropriate for
     the Church's beliefs, due to its atheistic stance.  Since the Church
     has been in existence for 30 years its definition is probably
     here to stay, although it isn't the only definition.

     The ideas and philosophy of the Church of Satan may be best discerned
     by reading _The Satanic Bible_ by Anton Szandor LaVey (Avon Books, New
     York, NY).

(From Peggy Nadramia:)
     In modern parlance, the Church of Satan may be called a user-driven
     organization. Members are involved and advanced exactly as their own
     desires, abilities and accomplishments dictate. There are no set
     activities, meetings or contacts. The new member comes to the
     organization, ideally, with his own goals and plans for achieving
     them; he presents them to us and is directed in the way that would be
     most mutually beneficial. The CoS is not looking for people who join and
     want us to "put on a show," taking them by the hand, introducing them
     to their new friends, telling them what time to show up for the
     weekly get-together and what to wear. Satanists are not put in
     contact automatically, or by geographical proximity; this has been
     tried and found a failure. True elitists are by their nature very
     individualistic and neighboring members won't necessarily have
     anything in common; "just being Satanists together" isn't enough.
     When we observe members making advances on their own in their chosen
     fields of endeavor, we will put them in contact with other members
     running on the same track; we've watched this happen many times and
     we're pleased and proud to say the results are magical. There are also
     members who are satisfied simply to join and be counted among the
     adherents to a philosophy that best embodies their own true nature.
     *****

     An excellent introduction to the philosophies of the Church of Satan
     is available at ftp://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/satanism/General/

     Nadramia@panix.com is the CoS online representative.
     http://www.coscentral.net/cos/index.html is the official website.
     soon to move to http://www.churchofsatan.com/

 3.1.1 Is Anton LaVey really dead?
     Anton LaVey died on October 29, 1997; cause of death being heart
     failure (pulmonary edema). 

 3.1.2 Is Marilyn Manson a Satanist?
     Yes, he is a Magister in the Church of Satan.

 3.2  The Ordo Sinistra Vivendi

     The Ordo Sinistra Vivendi (OSV), formerly the Order of the Left Hand
     Path (OLHP), is a non-sectarian, non-dogmatic forum of philosophers and
     occultists. It was started in New Zealand a number of years ago by Faustus
     Scorpius.

     The purpose of the OSV, as per the Order's constitution, is as follows:

     1. The OSV is an elitist Satanic Order existing to:
        (a) Develop and actualize the full potential and inner qualities
            of each individual initiate;
        (b) Herald the dawn of human Self-god-hood, within the context of
            a Faustian Civilization.

  OSV had at one point changed their name to the Order of the Deorc Fyre
  (ODF). Though since the name change and structural changes, the 'Grand
  Master' of the ODF, Fenris Wolfe, disbanded the Order. However some
  information may still be available for those interested.

  For all enquiries write to:
                            Hesperos Press
                            P.O. Box 83
                            Paekakariki
                            Wellington
                            New Zealand

  Note: The OSV has archived material at
  http://www.satanism.net/iss/other/index.html

 3.3 The Order of Nine Angles

        The Order of Nine Angles (ONA), based in England, are probably the
  most controversial Satanic group that is around at present. Their aims
  and intents, and indeed their teachings, seem to be misunderstood and
  perhaps feared by many people, including some other Satanic groups.
        The ONA claim the title of 'traditional Satanists' and claim to have
  been around for well over one hundred years. The system they advocate is
  known as the Septenary tradition, 'the seven-fold Way'.
        'Physis' is divided into seven stages, which represent the varying
  degrees of insight attained; the stages representing Initiation, Second
  Degree Initiation, External Adept, Internal Adept, Master/Mistress (or High
  Priest/Priestess), Magus, and Immortal. Much of the work is very
  practical.
        A great and refreshing aspect to ONA is 'The Star Game' which has
  three main functions:
        (1) Development of higher levels of consciousness.
        (2) A new form of magickal working for the 21st Century and beyond.
        (3) Development of certain 'magickal' skills, aiding mindfulness,
            concentration and visualization.

        Whatever rumors are told about the ONA one should check them out
  for themselves. Whether you agree with them or not, they certainly live
  up to the name 'Satanists'.

3.3.1 How do I contact the ONA?

  As of early 1998, the ONA have reverted back to 'coversion', which is to
  say underground status. Thus there is no contact address, and likely
  will not be for several years.

  There are several cells of the ONA existing across the globe (including
  the US) - however no contact addresses are currently available.

  ONA Home-page:
  http://www.satanism.net/iss/ona/

3.3.2 Fenrir and ONA Manuscripts

  The ONA once published a Journal entitled 'Fenrir - Journal of Satanism
  and the Sinister'. Though the publication ceased along with their return
  to coversion, the ISS (http://www.satanism.net) was offered the 
  privilege to continue its publication. 

  For more information on Fenrir or other works by the ONA visit:
  http://www.satanism.net/fenrir/index.html
  http://www.satanism.net/fenrir/Vindex.html

  Or write:

	Vindex Press
	P.O. Box 631194
	Houston, TX 77263-1194
	United States of America

  Other ONA manuscripts are available from from Realist Publications:
  http://home.onestop.net/realist/

  Or write Realist Publications at:

	Realist Publications
	Box 1627
	Paraparaumu
	New Zealand


3.4 The Fraternity of the Jarls of Balder / Arktion Federation

  The Order of the Jarls of Balder has recently changed its name to the
  Arktion Federation.

  Balder's goals and aims may be basically summed up as follows:
        1) "Western Magick and the Way of the Warrior";
        2) "Reviving and understanding Europe's ancient heritage and regions".

  Although at present Balder is a male fraternity, it has encouraged the
  feminine principle in its work by recruiting as members "Earth Matrons":
  ladies of occult renown from various countries. Also Earth Sisters:
  sisters, wives, girlfriends, mothers, etc of Balder members.

  "Balder was founded on the Autumn Equinox of 1990 to answer the
  historical need of pan-Europe for re-discovering of the lore,
  traditions and magick of our Great Family of Nations.
  ". . .
  "Our Order does not conflict with or restrict an Individual's personal
  beliefs, status, occupation/lifestyle or religious/political preference
  or sexual orientation, or indeed it has no axe to grind with other groups."

  Some things Balder has to offer are:

  * 12 Issues of the Journal (36 pages, post-free, bi-monthly, free to
    members)
  * Membership to The European Library
  * Correspondence, study and contact facility
  * Grade degree studies
  * Possibility of contact with individuals worldwide
  * Special Course on magick, history, esoterica, training, etc.
  * International network of Sportsmen, Musicians and Artists
  * The Balder Emporium
  * Prisoner Sponsorship Scheme
  * Fraternatis Loki (a dark and sinister section for the dedicated...)

  The European Library
  ***********************
  A non-profit educational initiative (like Balder itself) aimed at
  providing a modern equivalent to the Great Library of Alexandria. Over
  45 publishers donate copies of all their published books etc to the
  library, including Llewellyn, Weiser, Ashgrove, Airlift, Gateway, New
  Falcon, Nicholas Hays, Kramer, Phanes, Spring, factor, Parabola, Bear &
  Co. + small publishers & secret societies.

  New Spartans Sports Club
  ***********************
  An international sports and friendship society dedicated to male
  identities, ethos, bonding, sports friendship and warriorship. Members
  are not necessarily members of Balder, but Balder members get free
  membership.

        The snail-mail contact address for the OJB/Arktion Federation is:

        60 Elmhurst Road,
        Reading, Berkshire RG1-5HY,
        England, UK
        Include 4 IRC's / 4USD/L2 donation for reply postage.


  There are currently several other organizations working under the
  Arktion Federation. Of these include the Circle of Jormungandr,
  Fraternitas Loki (infamous for their 'Satan is Dead!' article), and the
  Deorc Eorpe Sweostor (Dark Earth Sisters).

  The Circle of Jormungandr also publishes a magazine titled 'Winter War'.
  For more information on the Circle of Jormungandr write:

      The Circle of Jormungandr 
      Meer en Vaart 328 
      1068 LH Amsterdam 
      Netherlands 

  To contact all other groups in the Arktion Federation, write to the main
  Federation address (above).

  Arktion Federation home-page:
  http://www.student.hk-r.se/~tb96der/

  Circle of Jormungandr home-page:
  http://home.sol.no/eeikenes/coj/


3.4.1 The White Order of Thule (formerly the Black Order)

 	The White Order of Thule (WOT) is the result of a schism that
  occured with the Black Order of Pan-europa. According to the WOT's
  general information, the WOT "is an esoteric brotherhood working toward
  the revitalization of the Culture-Soul of the European people."
 	The White Order of Thule fully recognizes the importance of the
  European Shadow, and feels acknowledges the necesstity of giving voice
  and expression to the Darkside of our nature. The WOT's view of Satan,
  and thus his importance in the cosmic order, is perhaps best explicated
  in their tract 'All Hail the Accuser!':

 	"Satan as a concept has been molded in the crucible of Western
  Culture to become an archetypal creator/destroyer of Western
  metaphysics. However, because of the influence of Christianity, Satan's
  creative cosmological role has been seldom understood. Satan has become
  for some astute Westerners "the Rebel in the Cosmos," as the
  philosopher Dr. Paul Carus put it; he who wills "evil" but results in
  "good," to paraphrase William Blake, in recognition of the dialectical
  process of history. In Western literature, from Marlowe to Goethe,
  Satan prompts the heretic who quests for unlimited knowledge in
  defiance of religious and moral limitations. This is what the
  philosopher Oswald Spengler terms the
  "Faustian Soul" of Western Man: the unlimited quest for infinity that
  impels our civilization to the stars. Satan is the rebel king who defies
  stifling conformity, from the medieval witch-cults, to the present-day
  heretics who wish to see the West's Faustian Destiny fulfilled. "

     The WOT publishes two journals. Crossing the Abyss (from WOT HQ) and
  Fenrir Wolf (From WOT West)

  The addresses for WOT, and for their publications are:

	WOT HQ                           
	Box 5661 
	Richmond, VA 23220 
	USA 
	thulean@hotmail.com 

  and:

	WOT West 
	Box 161 
	Clinton, WA 98236 
	USA

  The WOT's home-page can be found (With additional information on the
  Black Order) at:
  http://www.satanism.net/iss/wot/ 

  Their general information at:
  http://www.satanism.net/iss/wot/geninfo.html


3.5  Others...

  There are several other groups with online resources;

3.5.1
  Temple of the Vampire; Described as "LHP Vampires"
  PO Box 3582
  Lacey WA 98503
  email secrets@halcyon.com
  http://pw1.netcom.com/~temple/home.html 

3.5.2 Temple of Set
      The most vocal of groups which border upon Satanism, is the Temple
  of Set of Michael Aquino and friends, which splintered away from the
  Church of Satan in a disagreement over monetary policy. Unlike the
  Church of Satan, they believe in a literal "Prince of Darkness" who they
  identify as the Egyptian god Set. They appear uncertain whether they
  still consider themselves a Satanic group. 
      None the less, their continued presence on alt.satanism, and their
  history makes them relevant, and some of their resources are valuable,
  particularly the reading list, which is excellent (and available
  online at the lysator site).
      The Temple of Set is presently under new management (though their
  old High Priest, Michael Aquino continues his unpleasant practices); see
  their home-page for details.

  The official ToS home-page:
  http:/www.xeper.org/pub/tos/

  Balanone's detailed Temple of Set FAQ for alt.satanism
  [http://www.bigfoot.com/~balanone/baltsfaq.html  (corrected 012201 bobo)]

  Some of their more valuable literature is available in
  ftp://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/religion/satanism/ToS

4.   Satan is a Christian God!
     You aren't Satanists, just nasty atheists!

     Most (probably all) religions have gods or demons that represent the
     principle of adversity:  that which is forbidden by society.  Satan is
     one among these, originally conceived by the Hebrews long before the
     birth of Jesus.  The name first appears (in _The Bible_, at any rate)
     in the book of Job.  Satan was a fallen angel, not a god, in the
     monotheistic religions of Christianity and Islam.

     "Satan" is understood by most Satanists in a context different than
     that of Christian theology.  Satan is a powerful archetype, to the
     Euro-American Usenet majority at least, bringing to mind such things
     as sexuality, power, individualism and control over one's destiny.
     The Satanist can choose what s/he likes from the varied portrayals of
     Satan, and may add principles of adversity from other cultures as
     well.

5.   Aren't Satanists ritualistic baby murderers?

     Some misleading reports exist about Satanists:  they are organized
     into nationwide cults; they commit ritual murders on a grand scale;
     they raise their children with psychological disorders; they kidnap
     people for blood sacrifice; they organize day-care centers and abuse
     the children placed in their care.  A whole class of books exists
     detailing the exploits of these Satanic groups.

     The problem with all these works is that they are fictional rather
     than truthful accounts.  Much is claimed based on scanty evidence that
     would be better explained by another scenario.  Claims of involvement
     with Satanism are made by patients under hypnosis (hypnotized subjects
     are notorious for their suggestibility and tendency to produce
     fictions).  Other "former Satanists" distort the truth in search of
     attention and money.  These sensationalists never go to the police
     regarding the criminal activities they allegedly took part in, which
     calls the veracity of their claims and the sincerity of their remorse
     into question.

     Evidence does not exist to support what is said to occur.  If the
     number of murders said to be committed by Satanists was accurate, some
     bodies should have been found by now.  While means have been suggested
     by which bodies could be concealed, it stretches the imagination to
     believe that every body has been successfully hidden thus.  Evidence
     in other areas is similarly lacking.

     Individuals investigating suspected Satanic crimes misinterpret what
     they find to fit their expectations.  The _Necronomicon_, published by
     Avon Books, is used as an authoritative guide to Satanic practices.
     Yet few Satanists take the book seriously in any way, and none follow
     it to the letter.  This and other things lead some non-Satanists to
     see what simply is not there.
     
     It is interesting from a sociological point of view that many of the
     heinous crimes presently attributed to Satanists have, in the past,
     been applied to jews, midwives, lepers, protestants, moslems, and
     essentially anybody the Church or powers that be didn't like. This has
     been noted in a number of the books debunking the urban legends associated
     with Satanism.
     
     The observant reader may note that there have been a few crimes linked
     to Satanism.  In all cases the criminal(s) worked alone with no
     connections to organized groups.  Some cases have been publicized by the
     media as being related to Satanism when in fact they involve another
     religion, as in the Matamoros case, which involved some elements of
     Palo Mayombe (an African religion), and some rituals taken from popular
     motion pictures.

     The lesson to be learned is that although a book may appear in the
     "Non-fiction" section of a bookstore, that doesn't make it so.

     There is a copy of an FBI report on "occult crime" archived
     at ftp.lysator.liu.se pub/religion/satanism/Crime/satanic_crime
     which shows what the FBI thinks of the claims of fundamentalists.
     There is also a good file on the subject at the same site
     pub/religion/satanism/General/general

     The most definitive book to date on the topic of rumors of Satanic
     cults involved in ritual murder/abuse is
     _Satanic Panic; the Creation of a Contemporary Legend_ by Jeffrey
     S. Victor. Open Court Press, 1992

6.   Do Satanists have orgies?  If so, where do I sign up?

     Yes. Buzz off.

7.   What is Xian?  COS?  TOS?  TSB?
     Do you say "Xian" rather than "Christian" in order to insult
     Christianity?

     Some users in this and other newsgroups find themselves discussing
     Christianity frequently.  In order to cut down on keystrokes they type
     "Xian" and "Xianity" rather than the longer versions.  A few users may
     intend it partly as a slur, but most do it only for convenience.  The
     abbreviation itself is far from insulting; it is accepted and used by
     many Christians including (We are told) the Pope, as the first letter
     of Christ in Greek is Chi.

     A few other abbreviations occur frequently in this newsgroup.  They
     are normally defined in a conversation, but here they are for your
     convenience:

          CoS = Church of Satan
          CS  = Church of Satan
          ToS = Temple of Set
          TS  = Temple of Set
          TSB = _The Satanic Bible_
          OT  = Old Testament
          NT  = New Testament
          OLHP = Order of the Left Hand Path
          OSV = Ordo Sinistra Vivendi
          ONA = Order of the Nine Angles
          WOT = White Order of Thule
          TBO = The Black Order
        
8.   Have you considered the message of _The Bible_?

     Yes.  Most Satanists, along with most other members of Western
     cultures, are familiar with the teachings of Christianity and many
     have read _The Bible_ or part of it.  They simply consider _The Bible_
     to be false and disregard it much like Christians would disregard
     books which represent the foundation of another religion.  Attempting
     to discuss Christianity will, in most cases, only get you flamed and
     not inform the Satanist of "something they didn't know".  If you are
     still tempted to post about _The Bible_ because you feel that we may
     have missed an important point, I suggest you seek out and read the
     alt.atheism FAQ (found in news.answers) before proceeding.  Many of
     its points are applicable to alt.satanism.

8.1. For the Christians among us:  should you feel inclined to preach.
     You are all going to hell.
     Jesus saves!

     Quite often, members of fundamentalist Christian groups see fit to
     post various evangelical messages in alt.satanism.  The reason for
     this is not clear.  It has been suggested by various members of this
     net, who I shall lump under the convenient category of "Satanist,"
     that the reason for this posturing is that many (perhaps most)
     Born-Again Christian types are closet masochists.  It has also been
     suggested that Christians need to save a certain number of souls to
     get a good seat in paradise, similar in spirit to selling candy-bars
     or magazines to fund various extra-curricular activities in school.
     Presumably Satanist souls, being sold to the devil already, are worth
     more points.
          While these theories have some merit, considering the teachings
     of their (allegedly) chosen religion, an attempt should be made to be
     open-minded enough to see their side of things.
          Many Christians, when asked why they do this, respond something
     to the effect that it is charity, something they do out of the
     goodness of their hearts, out of concern for people etc. etc.  Well,
     if the Christian is really concerned with people, why not preach to
     those who have not heard the message?  Most "Satanists" are well
     acquainted with the messages of Christianity.  They have been preached
     to ad infinitum, and are fed up with it.  That is part of the reason
     they are Satanists instead of plain old agnostics.  Many Satanists are
     angered by such posts, and justifiably so.

     Now consider this:
          You will never convert a Satanist over USENET.  You either
               1) are too infuriating;
               2) look like a fool.

          There is NO logical reason to convert to Christianity.  The only
     appeals are to the emotions, and as stated before they either look
     foolish or infuriating.  Things like, "But Jesus LOVES you; he died
     for your sins!" or "Your soul is in danger!" are appeals to guilt and
     fear respectively; not reason.  As most Satanists have chosen this
     path out of reason, these appeals will never work.  As for those
     Satanists who are so for emotional reasons, their minds are as closed
     as that of the Born-again Christian.  Perhaps, if indeed preaching is
     done for humanitarian, and not egotistical or masochistic reasons,
     your energies are better spent educating those who know little of your
     faith: those born atheistic, communists, Buddhist etc.  If, as
     suspected, your purposes are more egotistical (look reverend; I
     converted a Satanist!) forget it.  There are no "lost souls," waiting
     to be found in this community.
          For the masochistically inclined, we suggest self-flagellation.
     It costs less disk space, is probably more satisfying, and is
     certainly less offensive to the general public.

     Otherwise; GROWL!  BOOGA BOOGA!  HASTUR, ASTAROTH, LEVIATHAN
     ISHTAR!!!!!!!!!  XILKA XILKA!  BESA BESA!  go away already...

     Note; Though replying with witty barbs may be amusing, a better tactic
     is to ignore them entirely; they thrive on attention. Still, if one
     should feel so inclined, sending the persistently annoying would-be
     evangelist multiple copies of this FAQ often gives the over enthusiastic
     Xian sublime discouragement; or at least informs to the point that
     the number of particularly trivial discussions are reduced.

9.   Satanic Music

9.1  Music written and performed by Satanists

     The Order of Nine Angles has composed some interesting music broadly
     describable as ritual/trance/ambient
     Among these are:

     >The Self-Immolation Rite:
     "This is an guided path-working through the seven dark spheres of the
     Septenary Tree of Wyrd. Side 1 contains the rite, while Side 2 contains the
     music only." For a time this was available through Satanasphere Recordings, 
     though isn't any longer. Vindex Press will be re-releleasing the 'SiR' 
     sometime in 1999.
     >Eorpe:
     "Side A : Aperiatur Terra Et Cerminet Atazoth;
     Side B : Ad Gaia Qui Laetificat Juventutem Meam - This tape is music,
     which may be used in ritual, meditation, path-working, etc."
     >Sappho : Fragments:
     "Composed and performed by Christos Beest, Sister Lianna, and Wulfran
     Hall, with translations of the Greek."
     Fragments of Sappho's poetry are available at: 
     http://www.earthlight.co.nz/users/spock/sappho.html

     Radio Werewolf (Nickolas Schreck/Zeena LaVey)
     Ranges in style from Dance-Goth to what I suppose is ambient music.
     Not my cup o tea. Interesting more because of who made it than any
     other reason.

     Jonathan Briley "At the Mountains of Madness"
     Nightmarish dark ambient musick, with a reading taken from the Book
     of Satan from the SB.

     Anton LaVey (various)
     Organ Musick by the Black pope himself.

     Morbid Angel
     CoS affiliated death-metal band.

     Electric hellfire Club -
     Techno/Industrial music from former members of "My Life With the
     Thrill Kill Kult" and present members of the CoS.

     Merciful Fate/King Diamond
     "I am the warrior lord of the 80s" style heavy metal music. King
     Diamond is a member of the CoS.

     Acheron
     Loud Deathy stuff from CoS members.

     Deicide (various)
     Death Metal from a group of acknowledged masters of the genre.

     Other Death Metal Bands rumored to have active Satanists as members:
     Bathory, Burzum, Entombed, Incantation, Immolation, Impaler,
     Darkthrone, Mercyful Fate, Nocturnus, Banished, Tiamat, Therion,
     Agnes Morehead and Unleashed.

     Diamanda Galas    The Litanies of Satan; Saint of the Pit, others...
     Ms. Galas vocal renderings of the Baudelaire poems of the same
     name. Ranges from Scary to Scary & Painful.

     Diamanda's own words on Satanism:

       "Baudelaire described 'Satan' fairly well. I was in Berlin and some
        girls came up to me and said, 'Oh, you are Diamanda- please do
        another record for us soon. We have witchcraft rituals and shoot
        up speed and chant to the Devil and listen to your music.' I
        thought, 'Oh _fuck_- you could get a Julie Andrews record and do
        this kind of stupid shit.

       "When a witch is about to be burned on a ladder in flames, who can
        she call upon? I call that person 'Satan', although other people
        may have other names, it's the same entity that schizophrenics
        call upon to create the essential freedom they need. It's that
        subversive voice that can keep you alive in the face of adversity.
        If you've ever been institutionalized (and I have), then you know
        what a _descent_into_hell_ is. And if you come out of it alive,
        then you are so much stronger. I have this text: 'You call me the
        shit of God? I am the shit of God! I am the Antichrist, I am
        Legba, I am the Holy Fool, I am the Scourge of God' (Legba is the
        trickster in West African tradition). So you say, 'Yes, I am the
        Antichrist, I _am_ Legba, I _am_ all these things you are afraid
        of."

     Boyd Rice: (Easy Listening for Iron Youth, <works>) Boyd is a CoS
     priest, associate of Anton LaVey, and arguably one of the most
     influential Industrial/Noise artists ever. His most recent title; "Music
     Martinis and Misanthropy" is an exploration into Folk music. All his
     noise records are classics.

     Blood Axis: (Gospel of Inhumanity, <works>) Mixes of classical music
     themes, dark organ music and modern sampling technology. The artist 
     is associated with the CoS. May be reached through blood@teleport.com

     Leatherstrip: (Science for the Satanic Citizen, Underneath the Laughter)
     Classic Industrial Dance in general. "Serenade for the Dead" is an
     instrumental album inspired by horror film and literature.

     My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult: (I See Good Spirits and I See Bad
     Spirits, Kooler Than Jesus, Confessions of a Knife)
     Classic sexo-Industrial Dance

     Electric Hellfire Club (all) -Dance & guitar Goth/Industrial
     from CoS members (Email cleopatra@aol.com for more info)

     Eric Kauschen: [a Magister of the Temple of Set and a member of the
     Council of Nine. He is also an accomplished classical musician. 
     http://www.saundhaus.com and a podcast at http://khpr.xeper.org 
     Desc/URLs change per his request; ADMIN]

9.2. Music for ritual (not done by Satanists)
     There are a number of artists who produce dark ambient music which
     may be of interest for use in ritual. The following list represents a
     few titles (Selected by Lupo & Cliff); there is much more to choose from:

     Artist    (Title[s])          Comments

     Lustm0rd: (Heresy, <works>):  Everyone should own a copy of Heresy,
     the Soundtrack to Dantes Inferno. All other work similarly dark
     and ambient.

     Legion: (<works>)  Subterranean rumblings, similar to Lustm0rds
     Heresy, at least partially because Lagowski was on the Lustm0rd
     team for Heresy.
   
     T.A.G.C.; The Anti Group (works) Audio experimentations; Adi Newton's
     (of Clock DVA) experimental music project. Themes have included 
     psychoacoustics, Human Occult Machines, and the Abbe Boullan among
     others.

     Nurse With Wound:  (Soliloqy for Lilith)  Ambient tribute to Cthuloid
     water elementals; other NWW ranges from ambience to trippiness to
     hilarity to noisiness.

     Current 93: (Dogs Blood Rising, Live at the Bar Maldoror, Dawn) Scary
     ambient gothic sounds. Other C93 could be considered "Death Folk"
     Goth.

     Sleep Chamber: (Sex Magick Ritual, others) S&M trance musick; other
     titles vary in style from industrial dance to trance music.

     Nocturnal Emissions: Invocation of the Beast Gods, Stoneface 
     -Soundscapes-

     Coil: (How to Destroy Angels, others) a grinding soundscape of metal
     clattering and noise. Supposedly for the evocation of male-male
     tantric energy. 

     Innana/Archon Satani: (works) Each CD has a variety of styles ranging
     from disturbing
     dance music, to ambience, to bombastic marches.


10.  What is a Black Mass?


        In the strictest Roman Catholic sense of the word, a "Black Mass"
     is any Mass performed by someone lacking the authority to do so (i.e.
     a defrocked or excommunicated Priest).  Thus, a Mass performed by a
     Utrecht Catholic (Old Catholic) or Anglican Priest could be called a
     "Black Mass."  This usage would be very uncommon in today's more
     ecumenical world, but was quite common in medieval times.  (The
     Cathars, an innocuous rather Gnostic sect, were accused of practicing
     rather colorful "Black Masses," as were the Moslems; see _Childe
     Rolande_ for further details).

        One of the earliest records of actual "Black Masses" would be La
     Voisin's rituals, performed for Madame de Montespan to win the heart
     of King Louis XVI.   In those rituals a defrocked Priest chanted
     prayers to Astaroth, Belial and various other "Princes of Hell,"
     ultimately sacrificing an unbaptized infant over the naked body of
     Montespan.  (In those days before effective birth control, unbaptized
     infants were fairly easy to obtain from the dregs of Parisian
     society).  For a time these rituals were all the rage among the
     decadent members of the French court; investigation into the scope of
     La Voisin's excesses was ultimately suppressed by the Crown when it
     became clear just how many of Louis XVI's sycophants, supporters, and
     courtiers had been witnesses or active participants in these Black
     Masses.

        A later revival of the Black Mass can be read about in JK Huysmans
     "La Bas" -a thinly fictionalized account of the authors encounter
     with members of an 18th century group of Satanists headed by the Abbe
     Boullan.

        In today's functional usage, a Black Mass would typically be seen
     as any ritual which uses blasphemy to liberate the practitioners from
     belief systems which entrap them. Dennis Wheatley's "The Devil Rides
     Out" offers a fictionalized "Black Mass;" as does R.A. Wilson in his
     "Illuminatus Trilogy." the instructions for a modern Black Mass can
     also be found in Anton LaVey's "The Satanic Rituals."

11.  I heard that Procter & Gamble donates money to the CoS!

     This is a false rumor, which has been around for years. P&G has a nasty
     habit of filing lawsuits against people who spread the rumor, so I'd
     be careful about posting it, if I were you.

12.  What is the meaning of the number 666 in Revelations 13:18?

       The first major persecutor of Christians is often considered to be
     Caesar Nero and the Christians used the underground code 666 to refer
     to him. This makes sense, because when "Caesar Nero" is translated
     into hebrew and is "coded" -- using the traditional Hebrew numerical
     values assigned to the letters of the alphabet -- the numbers sum to
     666. This would have been rather obvious to Christians living at the
     time, but concealed enough so as to avoid being thrown to the lions.
     As can be seen, some meaning would be lost in the translation from
     latin to hebrew, which perhaps accounts for the "mystery" that seem
     to gather around "666". A Christian at the time would probably
     consider the matter subtle, but probably not mysterious.

     In this interpretation the Bible is shown not to be a prophecy of
     things to come but rather a social or political commentary.
     Revelations thus refer to the fall of Rome and Nero.

     Is this then the _true_ explanation? Well, the explanation is boring,
     simple and not really surprising, so it probably is.

13.  How can I get more information about Satanism?

13.1  What are the URLs of sites dealing with Satanism?

The nic.funet.fi files are in the path pub/doc/religion/occult/magick/thelema
(this is the original slopoke tree moved to funet)

The biggest and best FTP site for the topic is still
ftp://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/religion/satanism

The lysator site has also got a Web Site, it's:
http://www.lysator.liu.se/ftp/pub/religion/satanism

WWW sites of interest

http;//www.pitt.edu/~wbcurry/nietzsche.html
(Comprehensive Nietzsche homepage)

http://www.darklinks.com/
(Comprehensive resource guide to the dark side of the Internet.)

http://www.satanism.net/
(Unbiased resource for information on the CoS, ToS, ONA, OSV/ODF, WOT/TBO,
and so on)

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/9011/index.html
(Satanic parenting resources)

http://www.maledicta.com/lavey/
(Excellent Anton LaVey tribute site)

ULChurch http://ybi.com/ulc
(Provides free & legal online and offline ordinations.)

http://www.necronomi.com/magic/satanism/
(Contains a number of pieces of Satanic literature mentioned in the FAQ as
well as several resources unavailable elsewhere.)

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/hpaulis/hmps.htm
(Herbert's Dark Corner of the Web; interesting group of links and files.)

http://www.process.org
(Welcome to The Process... Multimedia project associated with the old
Process Church)

[ http://www.luckymojo.com/nagasiva.html  
(Homepage of well known net-occultist, nocTifer.... ) -- revised ]

http://ajax.umcs.lublin.pl/~paradise/
(Contains articles on topics ranging from Occultism to Satanism to Martial
Arts to Unix hacking)

http://www.satannet.com/
Webpage published by Satan's PlayGround Grotto

TOKUS FAQ:
[ http://www.luckymojo.com/faqs/faq.astntks.9907
(Interesting & relevant theoretical document) -- revised ]

Balanone's Temple of Set FAQ for alt.satanism
http://www.calweb.com/~reshef/faqs/baltsfaq.html

This FAQ file [without the revisions, apparently] :
http://www.io.com/~ix/heresy/faq23.asc

http://www.feralhouse.com
Feral House Homepage; has online extracts from their books and a catalog
listing.

http://www.crl.com/~tzimon
Tools of Chaos page;  Chaos magick and other interesting things.

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/9879/laut.html
Lautreamont page (see the section on Satan in Literature)

http:/www.xeper.org/pub/tos/
Official Temple of Set webpage.

http://www.dnaco.net/~raensept/
Links to many Temple of Set related webpages.

http://www.cris.com/~Ranger57/blm.shtml
Bob Larson Fanclub page (exposing Bob for what he is).

http://www.netasia.net/users/xtronix/Satan.HTM
Some excellent links and resources unavailable elsewhere.

http://pharmdec.wustl.edu/juju/surr/surrealism.html
Surrealism page; many parallels exist between the artistic movements of
Surrealism, DaDa, Futurism and Satanism.

http://shoga.wwa.com/~sluggo/futurism/
Futurism page; see the above comments.

http://www.peak.org/~dadaist/
Dada Page; see above comments.

Another interesting site, albeit not primarily focussed on Satanism, is:

     Answers in Action
http://www.answers.org/CultsAndReligions/m_Satan.html 

This last site is run by John Baskette on behalf of Bob and
Gretchen Passantino, an evangelical Christian couple who wrote some
of the famous _Cornerstone_ articles debunking the SRA scare.
Their most recent book, _Satanism_ (Baker Books), contains an
interview with Anton LaVey.

The Ontario Center for Religious Tolerance has an excellent website
dispelling myths about misunderstood religious groups (such as Satanism). If
forms a sort of online "Encyclopedia of Religion"
http://www.religioustolerance.org/

HTTP Sites relating to SRA (not checked since '95)

     Witch Hunt Information Center
            (includes detailed info on specific alleged cases)
     http://web.mit.edu/harris/www/witchhunt.html
     ftp://liquid.mit.edu/pub/

     info on SRA in the UK by "Feorag"
            (includes extensive bibliography)
     http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~feorag/sram/sraindex.html
     http://www.brad.ac.uk/~kmhether/

     Ontario Committee for Religious Tolerance
     http://limestone.kosone.com/people/ocrt/sra.htm
     http://limestone.kosone.com/people/ocrt/ra.htm

     False Memory Syndrome Foundation
            (includes info valuable if you're ever accused)
     http://iquest.com/~fitz/fmsf/

     http://www.vix.com/pub/men/falsereport/satanic/
     which includes the following articles (besides some of the
     Witch Hunt Information Center stuff already mentioned above):
       * San Diego Report on Child Sexual Abuse, Assault, and
         Molest Issues
       * Report Dismisses Satanic Child Abuse As a Myth, on the
         English Health Secretary's report on cases in England.
       * Cult Abuse of Children: Witch Hunt or Reality? from the
         Journal of Psychohistory.

13.2 References dealing with Satanism?

(Editorial note: while the ISBN number is often touted as an efficient way
of finding references, these were not included in the genesis of the FAQ,
and I have neither the time nor the inclination to look them up for
references given. Besides which, ISBNs only cover one edition, making them
of limited utility; "Books in Print" is probably the best resource for
finding books without an ISBN).

A large resource for Satanic Books is located at:
http://www.satanism.net/iss/publications/ISS-satanic-books.html

Recommended Reading:

Note: The Temple of Set reading list is an excellent resource; available
online at ftp://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/religion/satanism/ToS/Reading_list

(technical stuff/true satanism)
     _The Satanic Bible_, by Anton Szander LaVey, Avon Books, 1969.
          Presents the Satanic views and doctrines of the Church of Satan,
          along with an introduction to its rituals.

     _The Compleat Witch_ (the new edition is called _The Satanic Witch_),
       by Anton LaVey, Lancer Books, 1971.
     _The Satanic Rituals_, by Anton LaVey, University Books, 1972.
          More books discussing LaVey's brand of Satanism.

     _The Devils Notebook_ by Anton LaVey, Feral House 1992
          Several short essays by Anton.
     _Satan Speaks_ by Anton LaVey, Feral House 1998
          Last book by the Black Pope.

     _The Black Arts_, by Richard Cavendish, Perigee Books (Putnam), 1967.
          An objective introduction to magic, demonology, and classical
          views of Satanism.

     _History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil_ by Paul Carus
          Lightweight yet broad look at the topic.

(Satanic history)
     _The Secret Life of a Satanist_ by Blanche Barton, Mondo Press.
          The authorized biography of Anton LaVey, and a basic guide to
          Satanic philosophy. This book has been largely discredited as a
          serious biography by an article in the 9/5/91 issue of _Rolling
          Stone_
     _The Church of Satan_ by Blanche Barton
          The CoS authorized book on the topic.

     _The Second Coming_, by Arthur Lyons, 1970  [out of print]
     _Satan Wants you_ by Arthus Lyons
          A history of Satanism through the Middle Ages and the modern era.

     _Do What You Will_ by Geoffry Ashe
       A history of philosophers & groups who use this thelemic motto.
       Especially nice history of the "Hellfire Clubs"

     _The Prince of Darkness_ by Jeffrey Burton Russell, Cornell University
     Press, 1988.
          Historians work on the history of Satan from earliest history
          through the twentieth century. A summary of a four-book series
          (The Devil, Satan, Lucifer, and Mephistopheles, by the same
          author) which may be too much reading for casual interest.

     _The Satanic Mass_ by H.T.F. Rhodes, Rider 1954 (out of print)
          Excellent brief overview of different manifestations of the Satanic
          Mass throughout history.

     _The Old Enemy_ by Neil Forsyth, Princeton University Press, 1987.
          Another history of Satan focusing on the Middle East and early
          Christianity.

     _Satan Wants You_, by Arthur Lyons, Mysterious Press (Warner), 1988.
          Presents an overview of Satanism and the history of Satan, plus
          an in-depth look at popular misconceptions.

     _The Occult_ by Colin Wilson
          An excellent objective introduction to the history of the subject.

     _The History of the Church of Satan_ by Michael Aquino
          Probably the most voluminous work on the topic; it is unavailable to
          the general public. It may be available to historians and scholars
          through the Temple of Set, or to scoundrels through the enemies
          of the ToS.

     _Visions of Heaven and Hell_ by Richard Cavendish, Harmony 1977
          Cross cultural examination of devils, heaven and hell in visual
          art, literature and religion. Lots of artwork depicting the
          underworld.

     _The Devil in Legend and Literature_ by Maximillian Rudwin. Open Court
          Press, Chicago 1931.

(on and pertaining to Xtian fictions of Satanism)
     _Satanic Panic; the Creation of a Contemporary Legend_ by Jeffry
     S. Victor. Open Court Press, 1992
          This book is an excellent debunking of the many "evil satanist"
          rumors and legends that abound in rural and mainstream america.
          It shows the similarities between these rumors, and those of
          the inquisition, European anti-semetism, and the McCarthy red-scares.

     _The Satan Seller_, Mike Warnke's imagination, Logos International,
     1972.
          A Christian presents his alleged experiences in a Satanic cult
          before his conversion to Christianity. Has been exposed by
          fundamentalist journalists as a fraud.

     _Cornerstone_, Volume 21, number 98, "Selling Satan," Jon Trott & Mike
     Hertenstein, 1992.
          This gets *highest* recommendation.  From a Christian magazine
          which does a great job of discrediting Mike Warnke's accounts
          mentioned in _The Satan Seller_ and elsewhere

     _Satanism: The Seduction of America's Youth_, Bob Larson, Thomas
     Nelson Publishers, 1989.
          The facts on the *conspiracy* now coming to a lonely town near
          you!!! (You're reading the FAQ, so it's already here!)

     Following are a number of works recommended dealing with Satanism's
     links with crime, multiple personality disorder, etc.

     _The Satanism Scare_, ed. James T. Richardson, Joel Best, and David G.
     Bromley (NY: Aldine, 1991): 145-172.
     [Lupo note; though I have not yet read this book, the authors of the
      essays herin are enough to recommend this book]

     _Battle for the Mind_, by William Sargent, Harper & Row, 1957.

     _In Pursuit Of Satan_, by Robert D. Hicks (Prometheus Books),

     _Satanism In America_, issued by the Committee for the Scientific
     Examination of Religion.

     "Occult Crime:  A Law Enforcement Primer"
          [To obtain a copy of this report, write to
               California Office of Criminal Justice Planning
               1130 K Street, Suite 300
               Sacramento, CA 95814

          (Phone: (916) 324-9100).  Request the "Research Update, Special
          Edition, Winter 1989-1990, Volume 1, Number 6" issue.  No mention
          is made of a donation, but it may be useful to inquire
          beforehand.]

     _Snapping; America's Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change_ by Flo
     Conway & Jim Siegelman.
          An interesting work utilizing information theory in the study of
          sudden personality change as occurs in religious cults, and the
          "Born-Again" phenomenon.

Below is a bibliography on the topic contributed by a reader:
*****************************begin SRA bibliography
D. ALEXANDER, "The Devil Didn't Make Her Do It," _The Humanist_ 50.
March/April 1990, pp. 5-14+ Discussion of Lauren Stratford's book.

P. FERRAIUOLO , "Warnke Calls Critics Satanists," _Christianity Today_ 36, 9
November 1992, p. 49+.

M. GARDNER, "The Tragedies of False Memories," _The Skeptical Inquirer_
18, Fall 1994, pp. 464-470

J. C. GRELEN, _Columbia Journalism Review_ 31, November/December 19 92,
pp. 16-17. Discussion of Warnke case, Cornerstone investigation?

Robert D. HICKS,"Police Pursuit of Satanic Crime, Part I," _The Skeptical
Inquirer_ 14:3, Spring 1990, pp. 276-286.

Robert D. HICKS, "Police Pursuit of Satanic Crime, Part II: The Satanic
Conspiracy and Urban Legends," _The Skeptical Inquirer_ 14:4, Summer 1990,
pp. 378-389.

Robert D. HICKS, _In Pursuit of Satan: The Police and the Occult_.
(Prometheus, 1991). ISBN 0-87975-604-7.  A Virginia law enforcement
officer discusses the gen eral "occult crime" scare and his take both on
it and the industry which emerged to promote and capitalize on it.

Kenneth LANNING, "Satanic, Occult, Ritualistic Crime: A Law-Enforcement
Perspective," _Police Chief_ 56:10, October 1989, pp. 62-83.

Arthur LYONS, _Satan Wants You: The Cult of Devil Worship in
America_, (New York: Warner Mysterious Press, 1988).  ISBN 0-445-40822-7 A
mildly sensational treatment of Satanism in the United S tates, exploring
the origins of literary Satanism, Anton LaVey and the expansion of
"Satanic" imagery through rock music.  Includes discussion of "satanic"
crime scares and investigations.  Good basic background on U.S.
Satanism.

M. G. MAUDLIN, "Christianity Today talks to Frank Peretti, _Christianity
Today_ 33, 15 December 1989, pp. 58-59.  (Peretti wrote _This Present
Darkness_, _Piercing the Darkness_, etc.)

J. MAXWELL, "Article Claims Warnke's Satanic Past a Fraud," _Christianity
Today_ 37, 17 May 1 993, pp. 88-89.

_People_ 39, 21 June 1993, pp. 43-44.  3 teenage boys murder younger
child(ren?) in West Memphis Arkansas, claim Satanic influence.  Featured
on Geraldo Rivera.

G. P. POSNER, "The Devilish Barney Media Hoax," _The Skeptical Inquirer_
18, Fall 1994, pp. 453-454.

James T. RICHARDSON, Joel BEST and David BROMLEY (eds), _The Satanism
Scare_.  Aldine de Gruyter, 1991.

Elizabeth S. ROSE [pseud.], "Surviving the Unbelievable," _Ms._
January/February 1993, pp. 40-45.

"Satanic Tourism," _Phi D elta Kappan_ 76, Spring 1994, pp. 70-72.

B. SIANO, "Truth in Advertising for Satan Sellers?," _The Humanist_ 53,
May/June 1993, pp. 37-38.  Warnke case?

K. H. SIDEY, "Publisher Withdraws Satanism Story," _Christianity Today_
34.  19 February 1990, pp.  34-35.  Discussion of Stratford's book.

Michelle SMITH and Lawrence PAZDER, _Michelle Remembers_, (***:***, 1980)
The book which largely started the SRA snowball, detailing therapist's
experience with an MPD patient he later married.

Lauren STRATFORD, _Satan's Underground_ (Pelican, 1991).  ISBN 0-88289-876-.

J. TROTT and M. HERTENSTEIN, _Cornerstone_ expose on Warnke.

Jeffrey S. VICTOR, _Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend_,
(Open Court Press, 1992).  ISBN 0-8126-9191-1.  The standard reference on
the SRA scare.

Jeffrey S. VICTOR, "Satanic Cult 'Survivor' Stories," _The Skeptical
Inquirer_ 15:3, Spring 1991, pp. 274-280.

Jeffrey S. VICTOR, "The Spread of Satanic-Cult Rumors," _The Skeptical
Inquirer_ 14, pp. 287-291.

E. WATTERS , "The Devil in Mr. Ingram," _Mother Jones_ 16:30-33+,
July/August 1991.

Lawrence WRIGHT, _Remembering Satan_, A book-length treatment of the
Ingram case of Thurston County, Washington.

Lawrence WRIGHT, "Remembering Satan," _The New Yorker_ 69, 17 May 1 993,
pp. 60-66+.

Lawrence WRIGHT, "Remembering Satan," _ The New Yorker_ 69, 24 May 1993,
pp. 54-66+.

*************************end SRA bibliography

(Satan in Literature)
     _Paradise Lost_ by John Milton.
          An epic poem telling the tale of Lucifer from when he is thrown
          out of heaven, to the Fall of Adam and Eve. It makes Lucifer
          into a heroic figure, whilst God is made out to be a little vague
          and weak.

     _Letters to the Earth_ by Mark Twain
          Humerous letters from Satan as fallen angel to all his friends
          remaining in Paradise.

     _The Mysterious Stranger_ by Mark Twain
          Allegorical tale about Satan; Twains darkest tale.

     _The Divine Comedy_ by Dante.
          Another epic poem in three parts (Inferno, Purgatorio and
          Paradisio) covering the author's pilgrimage through them.

     _La-Bas (Down There)_ by J. K. Huysmans (1891?) translated by
     Keene Wallace.
          Semi-fictional novel of the occult and the black mass in late
          nineteenth century Paris.

     H. P. Lovecraft, collected works.
          Classic horror fiction that has served as inspiration for many
          Satanists.
	  
     _Candide_ by Voltaire
          Witty sarcasm from on of the spiritual fathers of Modern Satanism.
	  
     Gabriele D'Annunzio, Child of Pleasure, various works.
          One of the greatest Italian writers of all time, D'Annunzio was
          a living archetype of the Nietzschean "Ubermensch." His various
          biographies are must reading.

     _Maldoror_ by Compte De Lautreamont/Isadore Ducasse
          The story of the most evil man in the world, written in a
          surreal, epic poetical style. Force yourself to read it; you'll
          be glad for the experience later.
          Some prefer the Guy Werham translation to the more readable
          Penguin Books translation. I loathe the Werham translation,
          am indifferent to the Penguin Books/Paul Knight translation,
          and like the out of print translation by Alexis Lykiard best
          of all.

     _Une Saison en Enfer/A Season in Hell_ by Arthur Rimbaud
          Poetic plumbing of the depths of despair; dark Satanic imagery
          abounds.

     _Les Fleurs Du Mal/The Flowers of Evil_ by Charles Baudilaire
          French poetry containing the famous Litanies of Satan and
          others in a similar vein.

     _The Sun at Night_ by Roger Williamson
          Modern psuedo-allegorical novel about experiences with a
          Luciferian "Order of the Morning Star."

(Satanic Music)

     _The Art of Noises_ by Luigi Russolo
          The original manifesto of "industrial music," and still the
          best theoretical document on experimental music. Written in the
          early part of the century; it was, and is far ahead of its time.
          http://hamp.hamshire.edu/~cmnF93/pratella.txt contains another
          manifesto of Futurist music.

     _Sensations of Tone As a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music_
     by Hermann Helmholtz
          The classic book of its type; somewhat dated (1877) -there may be
          more modern books which accomplish the same thing, but this
          one contains many valuable insights.

     _Science and Music_ by Sir James Jeans
          A more recent book, similar to the above in content.

(Science for the Satanic Citizen)

     _Build Your Own Laser, Phaser, Ion Ray Gun & Other Working Space-Age
      Projects_ by Robert E. Iannini
          Homebrewed high tech, including high voltage designs, tasers,
          stun guns, and surveilance equipment. Includes many of the plans
          supplied by Information Unlimited.

     _The Tesla Coil Builder's Guide to The Colorado Springs Notes of
      Nikola Tesla_ by Richard L Hull and the Tesla Coil Builders of
      Richmond Virginia
          Best advanced guide for building the Tesla Coil, and Teslas
          Magnifying Transmitter. Lots of practical advice and (the primary
          focus of the book) history of the development of Teslas high
          voltage, high frequency resonators.

     2600 Magazine, Phrack, LOD Technical Journals
          Hacker magazines help you protect yourself from criminal
          invasions of privacy. Phrack & LOD available online.

(Satanic Philosophy)

     Frederick Nietzsche, various works
          Nietzschean philosophies form the core of Satanism. Much of the
          _Satanic Bible_ owes its  philosophical and literary roots to works
          such as _Thus Spoke Zarastrutha_  and  _The Anti-Christ_ by
          Nietzsche.

     _Man and Technics_ by Oswald Spengler
          An extension of Nietzsches philosophy to the modern age; Spenglers
          philosophy is condensed into this small book; a must read. (Study
          of the voluminous _The Decline of Western Civilization_ may prove
          useful to those interested in theories of history and politics)

     _The Virtue of Selfishness_ by Ayn Rand
          Rand is influential in CoS writings; this work and others may
          be of use to those interested in CoS philosophy.

     _The Prince_ by Niccolo Machiavelli
          Classic philosophical and practical treatise on the politics
          of power. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~pgrose/mach/index1.htm

     _A Book of Five Rings_ Musashi Miyamoto Sensei
          The way of strategy as written by possibly the greatest swordsman
	  of all time. This book provides excellent strategic advice for 
	  mass warfare, single combat or any analagous activity (such as
	  business planning. http://www.samurai.com/5rings/ or
	  http://www.dstc.edu.au/DDU/staff/ralf/lit/Rings.html

     _The Art of War_ Sun Tsu
          Chinese equivalent to _The Prince_.
	  http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/thigpen/html/art_of_war.html

     Marquis de Sade (various works)
          Philosophical and pornographic fiction, illustrating the sexual
          dynamics of power (and the power dynamics of sex).

     _Why I am Not a Christian_ by Bertrand Russel
          Famous atheistic philosopher explains myriad reasons why he
          isn't a christian.

     _Madness and Civilization_ Michel Foucault
          Tedious, academic stuff, but filled with various interesting
          (sometimes horrifying) observations about the funny farm we
          all live in. Particularly unpleasant reading for members of
          certain "groups." Foucault could be considered a de facto
          Satanist of sorts (though of a decidedly left-wing bent).

      _The Redneck Manifesto_ Jim Goad
          Scathing criticism of the Great American Dirty Secret: Classism;
	  done with typical Jim Goad wit and rage. Sure to be a controversial
	  classic.
      _Will_ by G. Gordon Liddy	  
          Satanic Saint G. Gordon Liddy tells his inspiring story.

(weird stuff of interest to the Satanist)

     _Cosmic Trigger_ by Robert A. Wilson
          This book describes various initiations and occult phenomena
          experienced by Mr. Wilson. Good for promoting open-mindedness.
          Wilson writes some great fiction as well in his "Illuminatus"
          books.

     _Apocalypse Culture_ collected by Adam Parfey.
          A shocking work, depicting the worldviews of various "fringe"
          sects and individuals, ranging from necrophiliacs to ultra-right
          wing Christians. Has an article by LaVey.

     _Cult Rapture_ by Adam Parfrey.
          Parfrey's sobering perspectives on apocalyptic politics are only
          a fraction of his new volume. Racist murderers, anti-porn
          feminism, mail-order brides, freaks, sex cults of the physically
          deformed, suicide cults and fandom are also grist for his
          flavorful mill.

     _The Futurist Cookbook_ by F.T. Marinetti
          Uproariously funny book by that master poet of 1920s Futurism
          F.T. Marinetti. Note; Futurism could be considered akin to
          Satanism in many ways; a net-search on the topic will turn up
          more information.

     _The Torture Garden_ by Octave Mirbeau, ReSearch 1989 reprint
          A seeminly innocent Englishwoman and debouched Frenchman wander
          through a beautiful garden in China dedicated to Torture as an
          art form. Described as the "most sickening work of art of the
          nineteenth century."

     _Une Semaine de Bonte_ by Max Ernst, Dover 1976 reprint
          Surrealistic novel in collage; many fascinating images.

     _TAZ (Temporary Autonomous Zone)_ by Hakim Bey, Autonomedia 1991
          Generally considered the manifesto of the emerging anarchic
          cyber-culture. A manual for freedom in the coming (or present,
          depending on who you talk to) dark age of Airstrip one. Described
          by RA Wilson as "A Blake Angel on Bad Acid." Exists online in
          a number of places. http://www.unicorn.com//lib/taz.html

     _Might is Right_  by Ragnar Redbeard 
          Part of the _Satanic Bible_ taken from this, the full work is
          occasionally uproarious fun, occasionally offensive to "modern"
          sensibilities.

     _The Necronomicon_ by "Simon," Avon Books, 1977.
          Purported ritual book of great efficacy.  Generally regarded as
          fiction interspersed with translations of Mesopotamian texts.
          Mileage may vary, depending on how seriously you take babble.
          This is included mainly because of its availablity and
          popularity; I actually strongly recommend that you do _not_
          buy this. Much information on books of this name is available
          in the Necronomicon FAQ written by Kendrick Chua, allegedly
          archived at io.com & alt.horror.cthulhu.

     _The Necronomicon_ edited by George Hay 1978.
          This is a more "Lovecraftian" Necronomicon which closely follows
          what Lovecraft said was contained in the famous book of the Mad
          Arab. It is, of course, fiction, but much more fun than the Avon
          book in that it does not take itself so seriously. Scoob publishing
          is supposed to have a R'lyeh text in the works as a sequel to this.

     _TheSaltLick_
          Surreal, strange website put together by Church of Satan artist
	  Timothy Patrick Butler: http://www.weirdart.com
	  
     _Rants & Incendiary Tracts_ (ed by) Bob Black & Adam Parfrey
          Similar to apocalypse culture, with weird short bits by various
          authors (including LaVey).

(Biblical debunking)
     _Who Wrote the Bible?_, by Richard Elliott Friedman, Harper & Row,
     1987.
          A biblical scholar attempts to answer the question of the title,
          and in the process comes up with some interesting reasons for
          events in _The Bible_ (why does Moses have horns? Why the scene
          with the golden calf?). An interesting read, and possibly
          amusing for the cynic.

     _The Dead Sea Scrolls_
          There are many good books on this subject for those who need to
          debunk Christianity historically as well as philosophically.
          Among them:

          _Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible_ by Roland E. Murphy (a Roman
          Catholic at that) 1968

          _A Crack in the Jar; What ancient Jewish Documents tell
          us about the New Testament_ by Niel Fujita (also a
          Christian scholar) 1986

          _The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth_ by John
          Allegro (one of the original Dead Sea Scholars) 1984

          Note than all of the above scholars are of the old school of
          scroll study.  While all do a good job of debunking Christianity,
          the latest generation of scholarly works is even more damning.

     _Testament_ by John Romer (Henry Holt, NY 1988)
          Considered an excellent and well balanced work on Biblical history
          -also a PBS mini-series available on video cassette.

13.3 Where can I get supplies?

    Peggy Nadramia <nadramia@panix.com> periodically posts a resource list
    which is most useful.

    There are several "occult bookstores" who do mail order. Some
    are listed below;

    The Abyss
    RR1 Box 213
    Chester MA 01011-9735
    413-623-2155  (FAX 413-623-2156)
    [comment by Lupo; This is where _I_ obtained most of my books. They have
     much that is of interest to the occultist. The catalogue is outstanding
     and much of the merchandise is underpriced. Excellent section of Crowley
     material, a decent LHP section, good selection of various occult
     merchendise & books of all kinds. Highly recommended]

    Feral House
    PO Box 3466
    Portland OR 97208
    http://www.feralhouse.com
    Publishers of the unusual and heretical.

    AES-Nihil Productions
    7210 Jordan Ave #B-1
    Canoga Park CA 91303
    Hard to find material of all kinds of weirdness; send $8 for Catalog.

    Museum Replicas/Atlanta Cultery
    2143 Gees Mill Road
    PO Box 840
    Conyers GA 30207
    +1 800 883 8838
    http://www.museumreplicas.com/
    http://www.atlantacutlery.com/
    Best suppliers of swords and medeaval weaponry yet found. Museum
    Replicas carries more "upscale" swords and general medieval stuff,
    while Atlanta Cutlery sells "do it yourself" items, and inexpensive
    (3rd world made, but still quite adequate) swords.

    Maledicta
    http://www.maledicta.com
    Lots of rare books on Satanism and LHP occultism, as well as some
    relevant CDs, T-Shirts and various supplies.
    
    Swords-n-Stuff
    http://www.swords-n-stuff.com/
    1-800-286-4143
    Inexpensive supplier of medieval weaponry, armour and clothing.

    Loompanics Unlimited
    PO Box 1197
    Port Townsend, WA 98368 USA
    Suppliers of heretical, dangerous, illegal and unusual publications.
    Right on the bleeding edge; $5 for (huge) catalog.

    Wards Scientific
    1 800 962 2660
    1 716 359 2502
    PO Box 92912
    Rochester NY 14692-9012 USA
    Biological supply house. Human and animal bones available at reasonable
    prices. Interesting oddities such as sheep brains by the bucket (sheep
    brains in formalyn make excellent gifts), or luminescent bacteria and
    fungi for those Yuggoth rituals.

    The Bone Room
    +1 510 526 5252
    1569 Solano Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94707 USA
    http://www.boneroom.com/
    Sells all manner of human and animal bones at reasonable prices, as well
    as unusual jewelry and furniture items that may be of interest.

    Pandora's Box
    321 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd.
    Port St. Lucie, FL 34984
    Phone: 561-344-5523
    Fax: 561-344-5528
    http://members.aol.com/Starets13/index.html 

    Belladonna Arcana                                                        
    3350 Adeline St                                                                 
    Berkeley CA 94703                                                               
    510-654-5862/ lisas@wenet.net     
    Occult bookstore and supplies, sellers of Gothic/Industrial clothing
    and accessories.

    Information Unlimited
    PO Box 716
    Amherst NH, 03031-0716 USA
    +1 603 673 4730
    Suppliers of unusual "science fair" type projects, plans and kits.
    Tesla Coils, atom smashers, lasers, home and national defense items.

    Soleilmoon Recordings
    PO Box 83296
    Portland OR 97283 USA
    +1 503 335 0706
    http://www.soleilmoon.com/
    Suppliers of unusual musicks, ritual and trance music such as listed
    above in particular.

    Aesthetic Meat Foundation
    Over 600 CD's, Tapes and Records. Ritual, Dark Ambient, Industrial,
    Noise, Experimental & Gothic musik and plenty of books.
    http://amf-meat.insertions.com

Zines

    The Black Flame (Journal of the Church of Satan)
    P.O. Box 499
    Radio City Station
    N.Y., N.Y. 10101
    [Extremely useful review section, eclectic articles. Hells KITCHEN
     Productions is also at this address -they have certain items that
     may be unobtainable elsewhere.]

    _ABRASAX #4_ A magazine published by the American Gnostic Church.
    Issue #4 is dedicated to Satan & satanic matters generally.  They
    can be reached at:

               American Gnostic Church
               PO BOX 1219
               Corpus Christi, TX, 78403-1219

    Dark Cycle; Australian Journal of Occultism
    P.O. Box 1639
    Chatswood NSW 2057 Australia
    
    Balder [Monthly Journal of the Order of the Jarls of Balder]
    60 Elmhurst Road
    Reading, Berks
    RG15HY
    England, UK
    ["Pagans" -interests include Sports Magick, Shamanism, Rune Magick
    Western mythology & etc.]

    Fenrir [Former publication of the Order of Nine Angles - taken over by Vindex Press]
    Vindex Press
    P.O. Box 631194
    Houston, TX 77263-1194
    USA

    Not Like Most [A Journal of Satanism in Action, edited by Rev. Matt 
    Paradise of the Church of Satan]
    http://users.aol.com/boysatan/ptp/nlm.htm
    Post Office Box 813
    Burlington, Vermont 05402 USA
    
    The Raging Sea [Newsletter of the Leviathan Grotto of the Church of
    Satan; will have an "Ask a Real Witch" advice column which should prove
    original and interesting]
    http://www.ragingsea.com/

    Asylum for Shut-Ins
    PO Box 46581
    Bedford OH 44146
    Regular suppliment to "High Weirdness by Mail" -not entirely relevant,
    but extremely useful, and amusing.

    Wolf-Age 
    C/O Hellfire Productions 
    P.O. Box 291691 
    Tampa, FL 33687-1691

13.4 Listservers dealing with Satanism?

    http://www.necronomi.com/elists/ has links to a variety of mail
    lists including regional occult and Gothic lists, general darkpath, Dark 
    Goddess, Dark Pagan, and Vampyre oriented lists.
    
    http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/6112/lists.html has information 
    on a mailing list primarily concerned with European Sinister Tradition 
    (Order of Nine Angles)

    There are rumored to be various members only elists for those in the
    larger groups (Church of Satan as well as Temple of Set at least).

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