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Gothic girl with cross

Let’s start right at the beginning and clear away a few harsh and unnecessary misconceptions. 

I wrote this article because I believe there is a major cause for concern for the welfare of many, many young teenagers and adults, who are wrongfully being labelled as Satanists by ignorant and uninformed people – they themselves may be misled.

The Daily Voice reported on May 30, 2012, about shocking cases of Satanism in Cape schools. Unfortunately, Goths and Emo’s were also mentioned, without making it clear that these two cultures have in fact, absolutely nothing to do with Satanism.

The definition of Satanism is as follows: Satanism is a group of religions composed of a diverse number of ideological and philosophical beliefs and social phenomena. Their shared features include symbolic association with, admiration for the character of, and even veneration of Satan or similar rebellious, promethean, and liberating figures. (Wikipedia)

SATANISM is a religion, very real and threatening. It is propagated by certain musical bands, TV programmes, books and other media. But it is a religion, a belief, like Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism etc.

GOTHIC and EMO are cultures. Please take very clear note of this. The Gothic movement is a CULTURE – therefore any person of any religion can partake in it. As the South African culture is to watch rugby, drink beer, braai and complain, so is Goth a culture dedicated to the morbid, the mystic and romantic art.