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date: 15 April 2021

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Although the Satanism scare of the late 1980s and early 1990s did not involve an empirically existing new religion, it shared many themes with the cult controversy. Anti-cultists jumped on the Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) bandwagon as a way of promoting their own agenda, and new religious movement scholars spearheaded the academic analysis of the scare. This article presents a systematic survey of this phenomenon. It analyzes the traditional folklore and literary sources for the SRA stereotype of a secretive network of diabolical Satanists.

Keywords: Satanic Ritual Abuse, cult controversy, Satanism, diabolical Satanists

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