Contemporary Satanism

Authored by: Jesper Aagaard Petersen

The Occult World

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415695961
eBook ISBN: 9781315745916
Adobe ISBN: 9781317596769

10.4324/9781315745916.ch40

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Abstract

The figure of Satan is part of a select group of pervasive cultural icons in popular culture of the late modern West. Alongside Jesus, Santa Claus and the alien Greys, to name a few, Satan regularly appears in various forms and genres as a recognizable, yet constantly reinterpreted figure. Thus we are primed through popular culture to recognize Satanists and the satanic as cultural tropes within certain registers of meaning (Petersen, 2013a; Petersen & Dyrendal, 2012).

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