Urban myths about “human sacrifice” are a millennia-old trope that perpetuates xenophobia and paranoia about dangerous foreign interlopers.
Most Satanists know that the widely recognized symbol spells “Leviathan” in Hebrew. But why those letters? Why that language?
Many of the tropes we take for granted about Satanism have roots in anti-Jewish bigotry, although like the appeal of George Burns, they can be hard to place.