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Left-Hand Path

Left-Hand Path (or LHP) is a term for categorizing religions. Left-Hand Path religions share most of the following characteristics: In addition to the distinctions made above, most Left-Hand Path religions accept: Some Pagans and Satanists are considered to be Left-Hand Path. On the other hand, most Wiccans and Christians are considered to be Right-Hand Path.

The term does not seem to have distinct origins. Some people believe that the terms Right-Hand Path and Left-Hand Path and the philosophy relevant to them came from India. However, there are some who hypothesize the term came from this Biblical verse:

And he shall separate them one from another,
as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.
And he shall set the sheep on his right,
but the goats on his left.
-- Matthew 25: 32-33

Followers of the Left-Hand Path sometimes utilize the symbol of a goat or Baphomet. They sometimes refer to followers of the Right-Hand Path as sheep, implying that they exibit a "herd mentality."

Further Reading

See also: Church of Satan, Temple of Set, Luciferians

Left Hand Path is the debut album by Swedish death metal band Entombed.