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Satanism is a phenomenon that has appeared and disappeared on the social scene throughout the centuries. It has generally involved adults who were primarily interested in spiritism, magic, and the occult. However, in the 1970s and 1980s, society has witnessed the appearance of a juvenile type of Satanism. Juvenile satanic ritualism should be looked upon as an expression of infantile frustrated dependency, a cry for recognition and power. As the juvenile cries out for recognition and power, the adult longs for the stabilizing power of myth. In a humanistic and sociological manner, the authors address the psychiatric and judicial views of juvenile and adult Satanism. A brief overview has been provided on the importance of myths and rituals in both past and present civilizations, espousing their belief that myths and rituals are the supporting structure of daily life, and that without them, people tend to feel insecure and attempt to reach out for something to hold on to. The many topics covered in this text include: the birth of the Devil, God versus Satan, children in satanic rituals, myths, cults, culture, and satanistic crime. This text will open new avenues for the reader for information and understanding beyond the often uninformative and frequently inaccurate media reports as they consider with the ever-present metaphysical evil in society, the existential anxiety of the maladjusted adolescent, and the perverted sadism of the adult satanists and their crimes.
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