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The Carnival of Dr. LaVey

Jesper Aagaard Petersen

in The Devil’s Party

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199779239
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.003.0008
The Carnival of Dr. LaVey

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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

Chapter.  9341 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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