A group of Satanic worshippers marching into their temple
South Africa has officially registered its first Satanic church which was launched earlier this year in February.
According to members of the church, their beliefs are grounded on the foundation of the teaching and principles of Anton LaVey, the man who published the Satanic Bible in 1969.
Anton LaVey’s book ‘The Satanic Bible’ promoted the philosophy of personal freedom and individualism.
The mission of the church is to educate the public on the Satanic Religious Board and to address common misconceptions about the Satanic practices as well as ease what they term as ‘Satanic panic’ – a general fear that South Africans have of anything that appears voodoo-like.
According to the co-founder of the Satanic Church in South Africa, Riaan Swiegelaar, it took them some four (4) good years to get the group registered. As it stands now, the church now has a council of seven (7) people representing Satanism in South Africa.
‘When I discovered Satanism by myself, it wasn’t really an organized organization. And there was no representation so I had to find my way, through the dark, so as to speak, till I met fellow Satanists and we became a very close-knit set of people. So it’s important to have a group that resonates with the philosophy and be able to meet’
‘The main philosophy of Satanism is undefiled wisdom of oneself and living completely free of the guilt invoked by other religions as a result of natural human instinct’
Swieglar grew up in a strong middle-class Christian family and claims his family holds no grudges against his choice and have accepted him. It still remains unclear if the church will take to evangelism to grow its members or not.