Satanists exhibit a wide range of beliefs, with no central organization enforcing uniform rules. While some Satanists genuinely believe in the devil, others view him merely as a symbol of freedom, self-determination, and individual responsibility.

In the 1980s, a wave of fear swept through the USA and other Western countries, fueled by concerns that society had been infiltrated by satanic circles engaging in underground black masses and occult rituals – an era known as the Satanic Panic. Allegedly, children were subjected to torture, sexual abuse, and even slaughter. These misconceptions were propagated by sensationalist media reports, yet to date, no evidence supporting these claims has emerged. The resulting hysteria led to the unjust condemnation of innocent people and fostered a climate of fear and mistrust.