The City of Turin in Italy (Photo credit: MarkusMark)
By PATRICK MAYOYO
Devil worship, the black arts or Satanism are words that evoke a lot of emotions among religious people—three different names that mean the same thing-devil-worshipping.
However, according to the Holy Bible, Satanism or devil-worshipping is as old as the Kingdom of God.
Revelations 12:7-9 traces devil-worshipping to a fight that erupted between angels loyal to God and those supporting Lucifer (the devil) that resulted in the latter being ejected from the Kingdom of God to establish their satanic empire both on land in water.
The book of God as quoted in Revelations 12:7-9 says in part: Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.
But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
As a result of this, there are small churches and covens of practicing Satanists throughout the world, while bigger organizations like the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set occasionally get magazine coverage due to their large congregations.
Some of the cities on this list are well-known hot spots of blasphemous activity, while others may surprise you.
Below we list 10 cities and towns in the world with connections to Satanism. We start with Turin City in Italy.
According to listserve.com despite being the home of the ghostly, Christ like face that adorns the Shroud of Turin, this industrial city in northern Italy is also home to one of the most thriving satanic communities in all of Europe. During the 1980s, the Catholic Church hired six new exorcists to combat the city’s “magic.”
Archbishop Anastasio Ballestrero even told The New York Times that the Devil lived in the city. A decade earlier, Italian filmmaker Dario Argento set his horror classic Deep Red in Turin because of the city’s dark reputation.
Much of Turin’s status is founded on the belief that it forms a magical triangle with the cities of London and San Francisco as a sort of powerhouse for black magic. Supposedly significant landmarks include the Piazza Statuto, the Via Vittorio Alfieri, and the Piazza del Palazzo, with each one displaying certain evil symbols like pentagrams, winged devils, and more.
Even churches are included. Certain structures, like the neoclassical Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio, appear to be more pagan than Christian. Underneath the city, some believe that Turin’s wealthy elite hold court with demons and other Satanists to retain power over the city’s culture and economy.
Italy is one of the few places in Europe where accusations of satanism are taken seriously. During the Amanda Knox trial, attorney Giuliano Mignini argued that Meredith Kercher had been murdered as part of a satanic sex ritual. In fact, a certain segment of the Italian population still believes that the Monster of Florence was actually a cabal of rural devil worshipers.
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