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Kaosets symfonier: En religionshistorisk analys av innehållet i Black Metalbandet Watains textkorpus
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With this essay my aim is to uncover the content in the discography of the Swedish Black Metal act Watain in respect to lyrically expressed religious themes revolving around the tendencies within occulture and the Black Metal scene. To investigate the matter I have combined quantitative and qualitative analysis methods from the fields of corpus linguistics as well as content analysis, which provided me with an array of key words and their respective concordances (Key Word In Context, KWIC) in the texts.

Through the analysis three overlapping main themes became apparent: satanism, gnosticism and finally apocalypticism. I described each of the themes in detail based on my linguistic findings in the corpus so as to yield a deeper understanding of the religious symbols communicated in the material and their interrelationship. The result was that neither one of these could be explained in isolation as they are all part of a larger system of philosophy, namely the esoteric movement chaos-gnosticism tied to the Swedish order Temple of the Black Light, but also products of occulture.

The discussion proved that, although satanism may seem to be the thematical centerpoint in Watain’s lyrics, it is not, as this is a far too simple conclusion in relation to the complexity of the results. Instead, the content requires to be understood in terms of the dark Left-Hand Path spirituality as well as the occultural melting pot of paranormal and occult ideas. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Watain, Black Metal, Occulture, Satanism, Gnosticism, Apocalypticism, Eschatology, Western esotericism, Occultism, Left-Hand Path, Chaos-gnosticism, Anti-cosmic Satanism, History of religions, Reception studies, Corpus linguistics, Content analysis
Keyword [sv]
Watain, Black Metal, Occulture, Satanism, Gnosticism, Apokalyps, Eskatologi, Västerländsk esoterism, Ockultism, Vänstra Handens väg, Kaosgnosticism, Anti-kosmisk satanism, Religionshistoria, Receptionshistoria, Korpuslingvistik, Innehållsanalys
National Category
History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302541OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302541DiVA: diva2:958041
Subject / course
History of Religions
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Theology and Religious Studies
2016-08-25, 2-0027, Thunbergsvägen 3H, 751 20, Uppsala, 11:00 (Swedish)

För att få tillgång till mitt korpus och mina korpusresultat hänvisar jag till min privata e-post adress hans.jonsall@gmail.com alternativt att man kontaktar mig via sociala medier.

Available from: 2016-09-06 Created: 2016-09-05 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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