Burton H. Wolfe - The Satanic Bible

Burton H. Wolfe - The Satanic Bible

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In the summer of 1966, a few newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area began to take notice of a body of Devil‐worshippers headed by a former circus and carnival lion handler and organist, Anton Szandor LaVey. Their practice of the black arts was nothing new in the world. It had traces in voodoo cults, a Hell‐Fire Club that existed in 18th‐Century England, a Satanic circle led by Aleister Crowley in England a century later, and the Black Order of Germany in the 1920’s and 1930’s. But two aspects of the San Francisco group made them different from their predecessors: they were blasphemously organized into a church, the First Church of Satan, instead of the usual coven Satanism and witchcraft lore; and they carried on their black magic openly instead of underground. Wedding, baptism, and funeral ceremonies dedicated to the Devil were held in the
Church of Satan, with the press invited. Rituals in the tradition of the black arts were staged at midnight in the old dark Victorian house of LaVey, an incongruous building among all the white and yellow stucco houses in the San Francisco neighborhood a short way from the cliffs along the Golden Gate.