Wafer (in Devil Worship)
The sacred wafer used in the Christian Eucharist is frequently
cited as a prized item in devil worship for purposes of profanation.
When Satanism was invented in the late fifteenth century
by Roman Catholic inquisitors, no phenomenon existed
which could be called Satanism. The inquisitors envisioned Satanism
as a reversal of Christianity, the devil being the opposite
of God. Devil worship, then, would be a reversal of Christian
rituals, primarily the Roman Catholic Mass. Thus a Satanist
would speak the Lord’s prayer in reverse. The idea of a cult that
parodied and profaned Christianity was in all likelihood built
out of incidents in which different individuals, over the centuries,
actually performed individual sacrilegious acts.
It was rumored that Satanists would attempt to obtain consecrated
hosts or wafers from the chalice of a church altar to be
profaned in some manner. Sometimes, a turnip was said to be
colored black and used to imitate a host wafer.
The practice of Satanism was recorded in the memory and
documents of the Christian Church in the West but no actual
incident of devil worship occurred until the time of Louis XIV
of France, although it was alleged that in the house of the Irish
sorcerer, Dame Alice Kyteler, a wafer of sacramental bread was
found bearing the name of the Devil.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology.
New York Crown Publilshers, 1959.