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The Baphomet: A discourse analysis of the symbol in three contexts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, History of Religions.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay examines how the Baphomet symbol is understood in three different contexts.

Firstly, the understanding of the Baphomet is analysed in the book Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, written by the French 19th century occultist Éliphas Lévi. Secondly, I analyse the symbol in The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey, the person responsible for having introduced Satanism to modernity. Thirdly, the Baphomet as understood in contemporary metal music culture is analysed.

Ultimately, I find the Baphomet to be viewed as a symbol associated with Satan, but

in very different ways. The reason to why these differences exist I find to be partially explained by the initial mystery surrounding the Baphomet. The understanding of the Baphomet depends also on the role of Satan in each context. Due to Satan representing different things in the three different contexts, so does the Baphomet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
Baphomet, Western esotericism, Satanism, occulture, discourse theory, Éliphas Lévi, Anton Szandor LaVey, metal music, culture, religion
National Category
History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197422DiVA: diva2:612805
Humanities, Theology

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