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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380013924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380013920
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The point of this book is provide IDEAS. LaVey has made it clear, both in this book and the rest of his writings, that a true Satanist will devise his/her own rituals and workings. This is just a mishmash of rituals from history and fiction that can provide the creative mind with fertile ground from which the REAL workings can spring. I was very disappointed in this book at first, until I understood its true purpose.
Those who are looking for some magic "formula" that they can follow to achieve "fortune" or other such unimaginative dreams of success would probably be happier with Simon's ridiculous "Necronomicon." Or, alternatively, go join a Wiccan group and dance naked around a fire, wearing power crystals.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By H. Powell on February 23, 2000
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Do NOT buy this book if you are a solitary practitioner (and plan to stay this way) or work with only one or two other people at the most. For this book is a primer for the pomp and pageantry kind of satanic rituals which require several role-assuming participants. If, however, you DO belong to a Grotto, there are a few rituals here to wet your appetite for productive group ritualizing (namely "Le Messe Noir" (Black Mass), "Das Tierdrama", "Night On Bald Mountain" (a homage to Tchort) and the satanic baptism). The other rituals did not impress me ("Die Elektrischen Vorspiele" does not explain exactly HOW the ritual "utilizes electrical and magnetic energies" and most of you will probably not want to work with Van de Graaf generators and Tesla coils...you may burn your house down if you don't know what you're doing!; also, the "Call to Cthulhu" ritual is incurably schlocky...I love old HPL, but his monsters are best kept in the realms of sci-fi). A nice feature herein is the introduction to "Night on Bald Mountain"; I learned more about Slavic mythology in these few pages than I have been able to learn in years of searching futiley through library stacks at my university. This is not my favorite of LaVey's books, but worth a look if you are a group practitioner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
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This book is a collection of 8 or 9 "dark" rituals either created by LaVey's Church of Satan or taken and adapted from different cultures. There are also some interesting introductions and closing remarks on these cultures and the practice of ceremonial-like magic in general. And that's basically it. It gets 5 stars for being what it says it is: a COMPANION to the Satanic Bible. But as a stand-alone book I know it's not going to appeal to many.
This ISN'T a book for those who immediately want to read and learn about Satanism. That would be like trying to learn about Beethoven by looking at the sheet music for his 9th Symphony! Besides, those who believe everything on TV will be sorely disappointed that these rituals don't involve sacrificing animals, drinking blood, and all that other stuff you see in the B-movies.
This IS however a book for those who have already read The Satanic Bible, and are interested in aspects and further examples of GROUP ritual. LaVey also expands a bit on the subject of ritual magic, whether group or solitary, as discussed in The Satanic Bible. Other occultists might like the book, if anything just to read another man's view of ritual chamber practices, and to see some more examples of ceremonies taken from different cultures. I've seen plenty of impractical and uninformative occult books on the shelves that cost two to four times as much. Being someone who actively performs group rituals, this book was definitely was well worth my $6.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on March 29, 2001
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As founding High Priest of the Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey was one of the most remarkable voices in late 20th century religion, and "The Satanic Rituals" is a key text in his body of work. This volume, which is an ideal companion to LaVey's "Satanic Bible," makes available some rituals for practicing Satanists.
LaVey's rituals have an eclectic, even multicultural, flavor. According to him, the rites in this book have French, German, Russian, and Middle Eastern roots. He also includes rituals inspired by the fictional mythology created by H.P. Lovecraft, a writer of distinctive horror fiction. Although mostly geared towards group activities, many of the texts in this book could be adapted to solitary use.
The book is not without flaws and inconsistencies. Whereas some of the rituals appear in bilingual format, others contain untranslated foreign language elements. And although bibliographic references are scattered throughout the text, the book as a whole lacks a comprehensive bibliography. Also, some of the rituals seem a bit impractical. The introduction to the "elektrischen Vorspiele," for example, warns the practitioner of "the danger of serious injury or electrocution"!
Despite these drawbacks, this is an intriguing book. Both the rituals and the introductory essays are fascinating. LaVey even suggests appropriate musical accompaniment for these dark rituals. Rites in the book include a version of the legendary Black Mass, the Ceremony of the Stifling Air (inspired by the history of the Knights Templar), and Satanic baptismal rites (both child and adult). If you have a taste for the blasphemous, you'll want a copy of "The Satanic Rituals."
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