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the arts that were for centuries considered Satan's? Why does
the scientist, whose academic and laboratory forebears suffered
from accusations of heresy, mouth platitudes of Christian
righteousness in one breath, while dismissing the concept of
*Controversy over the origin of the English word witch is valid when
one considers the etymology of the term in other languages: venifica
(Latin), hexe (German), streghe (Italian), etc. Only in its English form
has the word assumed a benign origin: wicca, purportedly meaning "wise."
Any debate must center on recent claims that advance a positive and
socially acceptable meaning for a term that has in all ages and most
languages, meant "poisoner," "frightener," "enchanter,'' "spell-caster," or
"evil woman."
Anthropologists have shown that even in primitive societies notably the
Azande, the definition of witch carries malevolent connotations. Therefore,
are we to assume that the only "good" witchet in the world were English
witches? This, however, becomes difficult to accept when one considers the
term wizard, which stems from the Middle English wysard = wise, versus
the Old English wican = to bend, from whence witch is supposedly derived. All in all, it seems to be an unsuccessful attempt to legitimatize a
word that probably originated by onomatopoeia-the formation of a word
that sounds like what it is intended to mean!

Satan in the next, when the man of science owes his heritage to
what had for hundreds of years been relegated to Devildom?
The answers to these questions can be reduced to a single
bitter charge: they cannot afford to admit to an affinity with
anything that bears the name of Satan, for to do so would
necessitate turning in their good-guy badges. What is even
worse, the followers of the "Witchcraft-NOT-Satanism!" school
harbor the same need to elevate themselves by denigrating others
as do their Christian brethren, from whom they claim emancipation.
The rites in this book call the names of devils-devils of all
shapes, sizes and inclinations. The names are used with deliberate and appreciative awareness, for if one can pull aside the
curtain of fear and enter the Kingdom of Shadows, the eyes
will soon become accustomed and many strange and wonderful
truths will be seen.
If one is truly good inside he can call the names of the
Gods of the Abyss with freedom from guilt and immunity from
harm. The resultant feeling will be most gratifying. But there is
no turning back. Here are the Rites of Lucifer ... for those
who dare remove their mantles of self-righteousness.
Anton Szandor LaVey
The Church of Satan
25 December VI Anno Satanas

CONCERNING THE RITUALS
Fantasy plays an important part in any religious curriculum, for the subjective mind is less discriminating about the
quality of its food than it is about the taste. The religious rites
of Satanism differ from those of other faiths in that fantasy is
not employed to control the practitioners of the rites. The
ingredients of Satanic ritual are not designed to hold the
celebrant in thrall, but rather to serve his goals. Thus, fantasy
is utilized as a magic weapon by the individual rather than by
the system. This is not meant to imply that there are not, nor
there will not exist, those who will claim dedication to Satanism
as an identity while continuing to be manipulated unknowingly
from without.