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Secret Lineages and De Facto Satanists: Anton LaVey's Use of Esoteric Tradition
Stockholms universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusstudier, Religionshistoriska avdelningen.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-9264-0395
2013 (engelsk)Inngår i: Contemporary Esotericism / [ed] Egil Asprem; Kennet Granholm, Sheffield, UK & Bristol, US: Equinox Publishing, 2013, s. 72-90Kapittel i bok, del av antologi (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

The chapter investigates how Anton LaVey constructs a Satanic tradition in his texts, and to what use he puts it. It presents an interpretation of this based on LaVey’s overall ontology and view of religious and esoteric phenomena. LaVey both utilizes historical predecessors in a way that is common within Western esotercism in general, and breaks with this common usage. Discarding most of the old esoteric and Satanic material as ineffectual and outdated, he paradoxically still emerges as dependent on it. The chapter argues that the prime function of tradition for LaVey is not legitimization, as perhaps would be expected. Rather, he seems to deem tradition most useful for bringing about certain psychological effects in a framework where one practises the ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ in a limited context, playfully creating the right atmosphere for Satanic activities. The mechanics of tradition are thus openly displayed and consciously utilized as mood‐creating spectacle for purely instrumental purposes. Hence, LaVey’s references to secret lineages should not be considered a counterfeiting of tradition, since he is quite openly playing with the psychological effects of (a more or less fictitious) tradition, and inviting others to take part in this game.

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Sheffield, UK & Bristol, US: Equinox Publishing, 2013. s. 72-90
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Satanism, Tradition, Anton LaVey, Church of Satan, Legitimation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84758DOI: 10.4324/9781315728650-4ISBN: 978-1-908049-32-2 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-84758DiVA, id: diva2:581366
Tilgjengelig fra: 2013-01-01 Laget: 2013-01-01 Sist oppdatert: 2022-09-09bibliografisk kontrollert

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