Satanic Panic Research Paper

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Satanic Panic The satanic cult scare of the early 1990s is comparable to the religious cult scare of the 1970s (Bromley, 1991). Just as the cult scare in the 1970s arose during a time of social conflict, the “satanic panic” was rooted in institutional crisis. The Anti-Satanism Movement and the media helped spark fear, crediting satanic worship to cemetery and church desecrations, animal mutilations and children sacrifices. They also blamed heavy metal rock music and fantasy games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, for containing occult themes that lead to homicide and suicides. The Anti-Satanism Movement characterized Satanist not as ordinary deviants, but as an underground embodiment of the ultimate evil. Classifications for police and social workers were created, labeling four levels of satanic activity. The lowest level is known as dabblers, or youth that are experimenting with satanic material such as heavy metal or the fantasy games. Next are the self-styled satanists, criminals who create or borrow satanic themes as a rationale for their antisocial acts. Organized satanist are those that are members of public satanic churches. Finally, there are traditional satanist, who are individuals organized into secret cult networks that engage in child …show more content…
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