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Satanic Mythos: A Brief Study of Four Infernal Archetypes

By Noktvs Infernvs | January 1, 2003 | Leave a comment

Webster defines myth as “a story or belief that attempts to explain a basic truth”. There have always been story-tellers amongst us. From the time humanity first learned to speak we have tried to express our thoughts concerning the world around us, as well as the world of our own imaginations. Mythology, religion, philosophy and science have all grown out of these thoughts. At first there was only the oral traditions, passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. With the advent of writing (circa 3500 B.C.E.) the transmission of ideas increased and the integrity of the information was more easily preserved for future generations. Comparative mythology scholars, like Adolph Bastian and Joseph Campbell, recognize two main aspects that can be applied to all forms of mythology. These are the “local” and the “universal” aspects. As Campbell writes in his Primitive Mythology:

“We may therefore think of any myth or rite either as a clue to what may be permanent or universal in human nature, or on the other hand, as a function of the local scene, the landscape, the history, and the sociology of the folk concerned.”

We can see these two aspects in all myths, where some themes being represented are “universal” in the sense that they are human, and apply across the board, regardless of cultural influence. Continue reading