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A strategy of new religions identified within "Claiming Knowledge: Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age" by Olav Hammer in which language and iconography from a contextual religious culture which had been used to demonize or accuse as part of propagandistic campaigns displacing their competition is extracted from its original context and provided with an alternative and more easily defended significance, as part of novel religious enterprises.

With respect to Satanism, and its precursor proto-Satanism, early instances of this were conducted by individuals such as Romantic poets during the late 1700s and early 1800s, by (e.g. William Blake (1757-1827), William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Lord Byron (1788-1824), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)), the Polish author Stanislaw Przybyszewski (1868-1927), and the English author and occultist Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), this last by whom most modern religious witches and religious Satanists have been inspired.

While purely literary references were the primary focus of some poets and painters of the 1700s-1800s, during the early portion of the 1900s the rudiments of religion began entering into individual practical pursuits, and were reflected into liturgy and instructive manuals and essays (letters by Przybyszewski, liturgy by Crowley sacrificing a frog christened as Jesus ("The Ceremoy Proper to the Obtaining of a Familiar Spirit," "Stauros Batraxou," "Liber LXX," "The Frog Ritual")), promoting a form a Black Mass ("Liber LV - The Gnostic Mass"), the invocation of Satan ("Liber Samekh, Theurgia Goetia Summa, Congressus Cum Daemone"), assertion that his Holy Guardian Angel or spiritual tutor was Lucifer, and that he engaged in repeated child sacrifices (within "Liber ABA", explained in a note of re-embedment, as an euphemism for masturbation and the slaying of sperm as spermo-gnostic children).