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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 249–266 | Cite as

Interpreting the Satanic Legend

  • James Hunter
Article

Abstract

It is argued that recent hysteria about Satanic cults can best be understood as moral panic and urban legend. Data from a wide variety of sources, including the author's own personal experience, are brought forward in support of this thesis. It is then suggested that if we are not to remain at the mercy of the anxieties and distortions that produce this moral panic, we must interpret the legend. The interpretation that is offered is that this most recent outbreak of panic about satanism is specifically about a growing awareness of the ubiquity of intergenera-tional eros.

Keywords

Personal Experience Moral Panic Recent Outbreak Satanic Cult Urban Legend 
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© Blanton-Peale Institute 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Hunter
    • 1
  1. 1.Lincoln

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