Let's begin with:
What is Goth?
|Anna Goodman, one of the founders of The Batcave|
Gothic subculture surged around the late 70's/early 80's created by British kids that hanged out in a club called The Batcave
|London After Midnight|
TL;DR: GOTHIC SUBCULTURE IS BASICALLY PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO GOTHIC ROCK, DRESS IN BLACK AND READ GOTHIC LITERATURE.
All Goths are Satanists.
Well, not EVERY Goth is Satanic. I'm not saying that Satanist Goths don't exist, because they do, but many people of different beliefs are involved with Goth culture: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. The thing is, a very small percentage of Goths are Satanists. According to http://www.gothicsubculture.com/ :
"Goths are often called Satanists because of their bizarre or dark appearance. There are some Satanists who are also Goth, but Satanists can be found in any random group of people. Satanism and the occult are extremely complex belief systems with as many differences in beliefs as Christianity. This is an area that creates the greatest amount of confusion and misinformation. Satanism as a documented religion, such as Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, is almost nothing like most people's concept of Satanism. Satanists are a very small percentage of Goths, and Goths are an extremely small percentage of Satanists." Also: http://www.christiangoth.com/ Congratulations! You fail!
Goth, Emos and Scenes are the same.
Nope. Goth came before Emo, and Emo came before Scene. Also, Goth and Emo music are different. Goth Rock has a repetitive drum beat throughout the song often produced by a drum machine or a snare drum, the guitar tone is distorted with electronic effects, and has a downstroke guitar playing style. (For more info, here.) and Emo is typically characterized by melodic musicianship and expressive, often confessional lyrics. Not to mention screamo is VERY different from Goth Rock. Other Goth music includes: Gothic Rock, Batcave, Death Rock, Post Punk, etc. Scene is like Emo's happy sister: with more colours, and a bubbly outlook on life, in other words, a rainbow. On the other hand Scenes do NOT like to be labelled as "Scene", because they think they will seem poseurish.For more info on Scene: http://www.squidoo.com/a-scene-scenes-queen-style-styles-hair-hairstyle-hairstyles-girl-girls-kid-kids-clothes-clothing-emo-hot
For more info on Emo: http://www.fourfa.com/
Goths are violent, and want to kill everyone.
People usually assume this because most of the Goths portrayed in the media are the extreme cases (e.g. The "Vampire Clan" murders) . But actually, this is an over generalisation. It actually depends on the person, it doesn't have to do with being Goth or not. Unless, it's this type of psycho Goth that assumes violence and death=Goth. But that's a small percentage of Goths. Sane Goths don't believe that violent behaviour is synonymous with the subculture.
Aren't Goths supposed to be like, depressed and stuff?
No. Again, it depends on the person. Most Goths I've seen are quite happy. Also, Sir or Madam, you haven't heard of Perky Goths, which I shall explain later on another post.
*If you have any more myths, I'll include them later.
Well, that's my first post!
May Goth be with you,