What is a “Fane”?

Fane, n., temple or sanctuary, from the Latin fasnum,
literally ‘place of the fas.’

The word fane is an archaic English term for ‘temple’ or ‘sanctuary,’ as in a physical space consecrated and declared separate from the mundane world lying at its doorstep, literally “in front of the temple” or pro fano, the origin of the word profane. The terminology and concepts behind the notion of a fane or fanum and its sacred boundaries depend on the crucial Latin concept of fas.

Fas was a term in Latin that referred to the ontological and moral boundary between the human and the divine. The term served to mark the separation between sacred versus profane space and time, pious versus sacriligeous attitudes and behaviors toward the gods, and moral versus immoral behavior in the human sphere, especially in regards to sexual mores.

Most major religions have a term or concept similar to fas that makes use of a primary separation between humanity and some externalized source of value which it then drives as a divisive wedge to break the human community into ever smaller and more exclusive segments to suit the needs of those who control the vocabulary and narrative of separation so as to achieve dominance over all others. Human and divine, pious and impious, righteous and evil, upright and perverted, favored and outcast.

The Devil’s Fane acknowledges no such separation between humanity and any other source of value, between the here and now and any other time or place of promised fulfillment. In the overcrowded, globalized twenty-first century, we need a religion that casts down the drive to find worth outside of humanity or to use externalized values as tools of division and oppression of actual human beings.

The Devil’s Fane is where we live our real lives, this world and our own bodies, where we take our pleasures as we may. There are no priests, no commandments, no dutiful false piety to empty externalities. We serve ourselves and let others do likewise. We are free.

Ave Satanas!