Rave Culture and Religion

Rave Culture and Religion

By: Graham St. John (editor)Paperback

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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.

About Author

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.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415552509
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 332
  • ID: 9780415552509
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 0415552508

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