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The Devil’s PartySatanism in Modernity$
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Per Faxneld and Jesper Aa. Petersen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199779239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.001.0001

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Luciferian Witchcraft

Luciferian Witchcraft

At the Crossroads between Paganism and Satanism

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(p.229) Chapter 11 Luciferian Witchcraft
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The Devil’s Party
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Fredrik Gregorius

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.003.0011

This chapter discusses Luciferian Witchcraft, which is to a great extent a spin-off from the Wicca movement, but with a satanic twist. While Wicca has created a “medium tension” towards society, by utilizing the negative witch figure as its central metaphor, Satanism has generated a stronger such tension by focusing on the strongly negative figure Satan. Both, however, are part of a larger movement where partly similar renegotiations of cultural symbols are being conducted. The interpretation of Lucifer is of central interest, as Lucifer can be seen to act as a crossover deity that appears with different meanings both within non-satanic as well as satanic interpretations of witchcraft. The chapter concludes that Luciferian Witchcraft can be seen as an example of the typological difficulties of positioning Satanism as an autonomous milieu within the larger Dark Magical subculture.

Keywords:   Satanism, Wicca, Paganism, Luciferian Witchcraft, Lucifer, typology, Charles Godfrey Leland, Robert Cochrane, Andrew Chumbley, Michael Ford

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