The collection provides insights on developments in post-traditional religiosity (especially 'New Age' and 'Neo-Paganism') through studies of rave's Gnostic narratives of ascensionism and re-enchantment, explorations of the embodied spirituality and millennialist predispositions of dance culture, and investigations of transnational digital-art countercultures manifesting at geographic locations as diverse as Goa, India, and Nevada's Burning Man festival. Contributors examine raving as a new religious or revitalization movement; a powerful locus of sacrifice and transgression; a lived bodily experience; a practice comparable with world entheogenic rituals; and as evidencing a new Orientalism. Rave Culture and Religion will be essential reading for advanced students and academics in the fields of sociology, cultural studies and religious studies.
Graham St John is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Interactive Media and Production at the University of Regina, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, Universoty of Queensland. His book Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures will be published with Equinox in September 2009. His previous publications include the edited collection Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance (Berghahn 2008).
1. The Difference Engine: Liberation and the Rave Imaginary Graham St John 2. Ephemeral Spirit: Sacrificial Cyborg and Communal Soul Hillegonda C. Rietveld 3. Raptures: the 'Instituant' Religious Experience of Rave Francois Gauthier 4. 'Connectedness' and the Rave Experience: Rave as New Religious Movement? Tim Olaveson 5. The Flesh of Raving: Merleau-Ponty and the 'Experience' of Ecstacy James Landau 6. Entheogenic Dance Ecstasis: Cross-cultural Contexts Des Tramacchi 7. The 'Natural High': Altered States, Flashbacks and Neural Tuning at Raves Melanie Takahashi 8. Selecting Ritual: DJ's Dancers and Liminality in Underground Dance Music Morgan Gerard 9. Sounds of the London Underground: Gospel Music and Baptist Worship in the UK Garage Scene Ciaran O'Hagan 10. Gamelan, Techno-Primitivism and the San Francisco Rave Scene Gina Andrea Fatone 11. Techno Millennium: Dance, Ecology and Future Primitives Graham St John 12. Global Nomads: Techno and New Age as Transnational Countercultures in Ibiza and Goa Anthony D'Andrea 13. Hedonic Tantra: Golden Goa's Trance Transmission Erik Davis 14. Goa Trance and Trance in Goa: Smooth Striations Arun Saldanha 15. Dancing on Common Ground: Exploring the Sacred at Burning Man Robert V. Kozinets and John F. Sherry, Jr.