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Claiming Sacred GroundPilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and SedonaAdrian J. IvakhivA learn of individuals and politics at New Age religious sites.In this richly textured account, Adrian Ivakhiv specializes in the actions of pilgrim-migrants to Glastonbury, England and Sedona, Arizona. He discusses their efforts to come across and adventure the spirit or power of the land and to mark out its value via making an investment it with sacred meanings. Their endeavors are awarded opposed to a large canvas of cultural and environmental struggles linked to the incorporation of such geographically marginal areas into an increasing international cultural financial system. Ivakhiv sees those contested and "heterotopic" landscapes because the nexus of a fancy net of interestes and longings: from millennial anxieties and nostalgic re-imaginings of background and prehistory; to real-estate strength grabs; contending non secular visions; and the loose play of principles from technology, pseudo-science, and pop culture. Looming over all this can be the nonhuman lifetime of those landscapes, an"otherness" that alternately finds and conceals itself in the back of a pagenant of ideals, photographs, and place-myths.A major contribution to scholarship on replacement spirituality, sacred house, and the politics of typical landscapes, Claiming Sacred floor will curiosity students and scholars of environmental and cultural reviews, and the sociology of spiritual activities and pilgrimage. Non-specialist readers could be prompted via the cultural, ecological, and non secular dimensions of notable usual landscapes. Adrian Ivakhiv teaches within the school of Environmental experiences at York collage in Toronto, and is President of the Environmental reports organization of Canada.April 2001384 pages, 24 b&w pictures, 2 figs., nine maps, 6 1/8 x nine 1/4, index, append.cloth 0-253-33899-9 $37.40 s / ?28.50 ContentsI DEPARTURES 1 strength and wish in Earth's Tangled internet 2 Reimagining Earth three Orchestrating Sacred SpaceII Glastonbury four level, Props, and gamers of Avalon five Many Glastonburys: Place-Myths and Contested SpacesIII SEDONA 6 crimson Rocks to actual property 7 New Agers, Vortexes, and the Sacred LandscapeIV ARRIVALS eight Practices of position: Nature and Heterotopia past the recent Age

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Michael and St. Mary. ” They speculate that stone circles are “the nerve centres of the landscape,” where streaming terrestrial energy currents meet and interact with deeper, more subterranean forces (125). Miller and Broadhurst’s work, like that of Michell and Graves, appeals to readers through its combination of environmental bad news—expressed in a critique of modernity’s forgetfulness of the Earth spirit and a we-must-listen-to-the-Earth rhetoric—and an affirmative and reconstructive vision.

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