Satans lakejer : En teoretisk positionering av det Satanistiska Samfundet

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Högskolan Dalarna/Institutionen för kultur och samhälle

Sammanfattning: The purpose of this essay is to provide theoretical positioning for the Satanist Society (Det Satanistiska Samfundet), a religious community by Swedish law whose practice includes political Satanism. The study is also a comparative approach that compares the discourse of the Satanist Society with its American model The Satanic Temple. The essay also wants to try Henrik Bogdan's theory that Satanists and Satanism are seen as the “Other" and are accused of being the evil principle in the Christian worldview. The essay is preformed using a discourse analysis that targets on satanic discourses, political actions, and media/society’s view of the Satanist Society.The result of the study demonstrates that the Satanist Society and the Satanic Temple shares the same satanic discourses, rooted in romantic satanism, feministic satanism and modern satanism, as stipulated by Anton LaVey. Their political approach is what sets the two movements apart. The Satanic society´s political actions take place in social media platforms as Instagram and Facebook, while the Satanic Temple makes its political statements in provocative demonstrations and in the US court system by suing actions, they find violating the right to freedom of religion. The study also shows that media and society reproduce historical stereotypes of satanism sprung both from the Christian construction and the more recent pop culture, which put the Satanist and Satanism as the “Other”.

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