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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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The Carnival of Dr. LaVey

The Carnival of Dr. LaVey

Articulations of Transgression in Modern Satanism

(p.167) Chapter 8 The Carnival of Dr. LaVey
The Devil’s Party

Jesper Aagaard Petersen

Oxford University Press

This chapter follows the theme of transgression from Anton LaVey and into the plurality of expressions and practices in the satanic milieu today. Questioning any simple correspondence between modern Satanism and engagement with transgressive practices, the chapter compares various antinomian registers of transgression within modern Satanism to understand the relative use of satanization and sanitization as strategies of constructing satanic discourse. Given their origin, satanic articulations of blasphemy, political extremism, violence and obscenity certainly relate to and appropriate from anti-Christian and antinomian discourse. Nevertheless, there is ambiguity involved, stretching actual transgression from prank and play with grey to religious commitment. As such, adversarial or antinomian discourse is a resource for Satanists both in relation to mainstream values and as boundary markers within the satanic milieu.

Keywords:   Satanism, Anton LaVey, Satanic milieu, The Satanic Bible, transgression, antinomianism, satanization, sanitization

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