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The Encyclopedic Sourcebook of Satanism

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In the public imagination Satanism is associated with bizarre rituals, perverse hedonistic lifestyles, heavy metal music, immature adolescents acting out, horror movies, and rumors of ritual abuse. But what are the facts behind the urban legends and the "moral panics" that periodically sweep the country regarding this countercultural phenomenon? This authoritative referenc ...more
Hardcover, 748 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by Prometheus Books (first published February 19th 2006)
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Recommends it for: Sociologists, Occultists, Religious Studies majors
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This book is a mixed-bag, but a few outstanding essays keep it from being a total disappointment. It suffers from an unclear objective on the part of the editors' - although they state in the Introduction that Satanism is worthy of study as a religious movement in itself, they dedicate more than 3/5 of the book (and about half of the Intro) to discussion of Satanism as a kind of "moral panic" in non-Satanist society. Many of the essays have been printed before, mostly in the early nineties, and ...more
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