Do Satan worshipers have a dress code

There are two types of Satanists: those who worship the devil as a deity and those who propagate a (more or less) atheistic worldview centered on man as a quasi-deity. Michael is one of the latter.

Frankfurt - The 36-year-old works in the public sector and describes himself as a Satanist. In the "Brotherhood of Samael" he tries with like-minded people to make the concerns of modern Satanism heard. Good conversation partner for Holy Week, we thought - and called Michael once. (Michael doesn't want to appear in the press with his full name - the prejudices against Satanists are too great, he says.)

Hi Michael! Introductory question, shortly before Easter: Do Satanists hide Easter eggs? Michael: (laughs) No. We don't celebrate Easter, it's a Christian festival. But many of us have families that celebrate Easter - we then celebrate quite unabashedly. Why not? Is Satanism a Religion or a Philosophy? Michael: It depends who you ask. Both views exist among modern Satanists. Personally, I think Satanism is something in between. In concrete terms: does Satan exist? Michael: No. We are not devil worshipers. We don't believe in a supernatural being sitting in any hell. Rather? Michael: Most of us would call ourselves atheists - with one thing. Which would be? Michael: Atheism means: realizing that there is no God. Satanists go one step further: they realize that man has the potential to fill the void created by God's absence. So satanists put themselves in place of God? Michael: Yes. How did you become a satanist? Michael: I grew up in a Christian-Jewish family and was brought up in a Christian way. As a teenager, I began to question religion - Christianity contains more intellectual contradictions than I could accept. Then I turned away from it. For a while I then studied other religions - including Islam and Buddhism - but I ran into contradictions everywhere. Beliefs that are intellectually dishonest, for example belief in a supernatural being or in an afterlife. At some point I came across the Church of Satan and the idea that man is the measure of all things. That seemed logical to me. This is a satanic organization that the author Anton Szandor LaVey started in 1966. LaVey claims to have founded modern - that is, atheistic, humanistic - Satanism. His philosophy borrows heavily from thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and the radical egoist Ayn Rand.

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How do people react when they hear that you are a Satanist? Michael: At first glance, people are shocked. But when I explain to them what Satanism really means, most of the time they understand me. Most people think of Satanism in terms of black masses, evocations of the devil, animal and human sacrifices, and orgies. What is it? Michael: There are no sacrifices with us, neither of animals nor of humans. Life is sacred to us. Accordingly, we would never sacrifice any other living being. But there are certainly satanic rituals. What is the purpose of these rituals? Michael: We speak of "intellectual vacuum chambers". Our rituals satisfy our human need for community, symbols and mysticism. But we don't imagine that they have any magical meaning beyond that. We know that these rituals are valves - they have no transcendence. What about the upside down cross? Is that possible? Michael: Yes there is. We call it the Petrus Cross, because it reminds us of Peter ‘death on the upside down cross. Personally, I don't necessarily find it a useful symbol. It reduces Satanism to the rejection of Christianity. In fact, Satanism is much more than that. Namely? Michael: Modern Satanism stands for humanism, hedonism, aesthetics and rebellion, body cult, magic and meditation, self-development and truth. Wow. That’s an announcement. How do Satanists feel about what is commonly called “evil”? Michael: We see that critically. “Evil” is often anything that contradicts the Christian canon of values. For example, “evil” is someone who lives polygamous. We reject such an understanding of “bad”. At the same time, of course, there are meanings of “bad” that we can understand. You belong to the. What's it all about?Michael: The brotherhood is a loose association of Satanists from all over Germany. The inner circle has 15 members, the outer circle is significantly larger. What is the purpose of the brotherhood? Michael: We want to experience community, we want to fraternize as Satanists. And at the same time we want to educate people about Satanism. We want to make Satanism socially acceptable. We provide information about this, for example on our website or in social networks. Or we do charitable things. For example, we recently got involved with the homeless. Are there also joint activities? Film evenings or hiking days or something? Michael: Movie nights less. But we do meet up, drink, party. One stereotype about Satanists is that they're all just teenagers trying to annoy their parents. Michael: Sure, there are goths. But these are not serious satanists. It's a youth culture, but not a worldview. The brotherhood is expressly apolitical. But isn't there a need for a bit of Satanism in politics - as a corrective for the many religious influences? Michael: No. We think that state and religion must be fundamentally separated. We want to live in a country liberated from religion. Religion has no place in politics - neither do we. What you have described so far sounds very rational. In the “Satanic Commandments” of the Brotherhood, however, there is talk of magic. What do you mean with that? Michael: We mean the power of the psyche. Belief in yourself. It's about influencing yourself - and others too. But it's not about any hocus-pocus. You describe Satanism as a rational, liberal, religion-critical and hedonistic worldview ... Michael: Yes, I could sign that. ... but, let's be honest: you just have fun provoking the philistines, don't you? Michael: (laughs) Yeah, sure. Do you get any feedback? Michael: And whether! For example, death threats. From Christians, from Muslims - from everyone. And insults anyway. But we laugh at that. And we work with it: we publish things like that and hold up the mirror to people. The interview was conducted by Christophe Braun