Satanic Rituals: Companion to the "Satanic Bible" Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1998
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Perhaps the most infamous Ritual in this collection is "Le Messe Noir" or "Black Mass": long associated with Satanism in the collective (brainwashed) consciousness of the masses and alleged to be the most important and oft performed Satanic Ceremony. Christian-sourced and disseminated visions of child & animal sacrifices and blood-drinking, along with various other depraved, orgiastic, bestial and vile acts, have long been automatically associated with the performance of Black Masses - the proceedings as a whole being envisioned as a sacrilegious, anti-Christian frenzy of unrestrained, ugly blasphemy.
For Anton LaVey, however, there was little indeed to be gained morally, metaphysically or (most importantly) Magically in conducting Black Masses that adhered to a warped, Christian-conceived template. Like other Rituals performed by him and his fellow members of the Church of Satan, the LaVey Black Mass was positively employed as a powerful Psychodrama: a catharsis intended to purge an individual of hang-ups, phobias, fears, inhibitions and repressions. For LaVey had correctly identifed all of these identity-crushing, personality eroding, joy-depleting, negative elements as evidence that - for 2000 years - human beings had been brutally and relentlessly inculcated and brainwashed with the Christian doctrine of docility, denial, defeatism, depression and Death Worship. Along with the very religion of Christianity itself, the anti-human, anti-Nature programme of soul and mind-destroying false values had been passed down through centuries - remaining completely intact and unchallenged and producing generation after generation of human beings who were more weak, more insecure, more frightened and generally more of a psychological mess than the last. The primary destructive factor in all this was inarguably the forced association of human drives, desires and instincts with the Christian notion of "Sin". In LaVey's analysis, the average 20th/21st Century human being was, therefore, inescapably riddled with guilt, worry, stress, and irrational fear - much of which was never ever admitted to or addressed, thus remaining hidden inside the individual psyche and giving rise to all manner of physical, physiological and psychological problems, illnesses traumas and aberrations. The Black Mass is not alone amongst LaVey's Satanic Rituals in possessing the formidable power to exorcise and annihilate all of these negative, destructive elements out of the individual human being completely and utterly - in order that they can live, succeed and evolve to the fullest of their powers.
"The Satanic Rituals" remains just as much a pioneering work as "The Satanic Bible", and the two books continue to inspire and empower many many people to LIVE, rather than to simply exist.
strong but pallatable: this is the book for you. It is written as an amusingly jocular and light-hearted piss-take of Christianity. He says what we're all thinking - that no one in history has abided by all the 10 commandments. He has his own equilavent of the commandments and beleives most animals are better and less corrupt than humans. As a vegetarian, this seems quite true. Sers, its defo worth reading if just to see the look on the faces of commuters sitting across from you on the train! It's only cheap - buy it!
Before each ritual there is a few pages that summerise what the ritual means and details its origin. This, in my opinion, is the most interesting part of the book as it gives you more information about past Satanic culture such as the Yzeidis and the Knight Templars satanic rites.
If you liked the Satanic Bible, then buy and read this book to get a better picture of what Satanism is, and what it has become.
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