In 1998, Geraldo Rivera decided he was going to capitalize on the paranoid fears of Satanism, much like he is doing now by capitalizing on right-wing fuckery. He produced and directed a documentary called “Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground,” an awesomely ridiculous and sensationalized look at Satanism. According to Geraldo,
The word ‘Baphomet’ appears in the names of twenty-seven metal bands: six are just called Baphomet, then there’s Baphomet’s Blood, Baphomet’s Temple, Baphomet’s Cunt. You read that last one right. The number of bands that have a goat-headed creature on their covers is incalculable. The idea of Satan as being somehow goat-like has persisted, despite it appearing nowhere in the Bible or Apocrypha, where he is described as being a serpent or dragon – when he is described at all.
This morning I was reading io9’s article outlining the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s – basically, a time when allegations of sexual and murderous Satanic cult rituals went through the roof. For a while there, “the Satanic Cult did it” was more plausible than the Butler.
Many of you may have heard about EvilStickGate recently, but due to its relevance to our community, I thought I should share it on CVLT Nation. Evil Stick is a princess/fairy wand probably sold at dollar stores around the US, but definitely at one dollar store in Dayton, Ohio, and
Satan. Lucifer. The Morning Star. Beelzebub. The Beast. The Devil. The names differ, and although they can all mean different things depending on who you ask, it’s usually pretty obvious what the reference is when the topic of Satan comes up. As a figure so indelibly linked with subject matter