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Called "The Black Pope" by many of his followers, Anton La Vey began the road to High Priesthood of the (lurch of Satan when he was only 16 years old and an organ player in a carnival:
""On Saturday night I would see men lusting after halfnaked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing the organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires. And the next Saturday night they'd be back at The carnival or some other place of indulgence.
"I knew then that the Christian Church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man's carnal nature will out ""
From that time early in his life his path was clear. Finally, on the last night of April, 1966 -- "Walpurgisnacht, " the most important festival of the believers in witchcraft -- LaVey shaved his head in the tradition of Ancient executioners and announced the formation of The Church Of Satan. He had seen the need for a church that would recapture man's body and his carnal desires as objects of celebration. ""Since worship of fleshly things produces pleasure," he said, "there would then be a temple of glorious indulgence . . .""
This is a must read for everyone. Satanism is very misunderstood. This book explains to people exactly what Satanism is, with no room for confusion about what people "believe" it to be. It is very much an enlightening read.
Lots of lessons to be learned within this book.
Very enlightening read, even if you don't agree with the books philosophies you will walk away with a greater appreciation and understanding.
Don't judge a book by its cover
Yes it is called "The Satanic Bible" but if you're willing look past such a silly title, the book itself offers a unique observation on the true nature of humanity in the 21st century and is both critical of the patriarchal and capitalist societal structures in place whilst condoning some of the behaviours essential to these societies under a different context.
It's written sarcastically, arrogantly and is definitely the writing of a white, male, 'wannabe' anarchist.
Very informative and too the point
The Satanic Bible
ISBN: 9780380015399 ISBN-10: 0380015390 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 272 Published: 1st January 2000 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 17.1 x 11.3
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Type: New edition