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By Adrian J. Ivakhiv

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Claiming Sacred GroundPilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and SedonaAdrian J. IvakhivA examine of individuals and politics at New Age non secular 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 event the spirit or power of the land and to mark out its value by way of making an investment it with sacred meanings. Their endeavors are awarded opposed to a huge canvas of cultural and environmental struggles linked to the incorporation of such geographically marginal areas into an increasing international cultural economic 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 historical past and prehistory; to real-estate strength grabs; contending spiritual visions; and the unfastened 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 unearths and conceals itself in the back of a pagenant of ideals, pictures, and place-myths.A major contribution to scholarship on replacement spirituality, sacred house, and the politics of average landscapes, Claiming Sacred floor will curiosity students and scholars of environmental and cultural reports, and the sociology of non secular events and pilgrimage. Non-specialist readers might be influenced by means of the cultural, ecological, and non secular dimensions of striking common landscapes. Adrian Ivakhiv teaches within the school of Environmental stories at York collage in Toronto, and is President of the Environmental reports organization of Canada.April 2001384 pages, 24 b&w photographs, 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 energy and wish in Earth's Tangled internet 2 Reimagining Earth three Orchestrating Sacred SpaceII Glastonbury four level, Props, and avid gamers of Avalon five Many Glastonburys: Place-Myths and Contested SpacesIII SEDONA 6 pink Rocks to genuine property 7 New Agers, Vortexes, and the Sacred LandscapeIV ARRIVALS eight Practices of position: Nature and Heterotopia past the hot Age

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She also identifies larger “grids,” where energy is spread out over a broader area. Magnetic grids, for instance, include the Everglades and Venice, Italy, while electromagnetic grids include Maui and Kauai in Hawaii, much of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest of North America, and the Blue Ridge, Smoky, and Rocky mountain ranges. Finally, the volcanic Ring of Fire that stretches across the Pacific is, for Bryant, an “electrical” and potentially very destructive vortex (and earthquake and volcano zone) which she calls one of the Earth’s seven “chakra” locations, specifically, the channel for the Earth’s “kundalini” energy (75– 76).

1 The reason for this rapid spread of the idea must be sought in its resemblance to similar ideas that have been brewing elsewhere and that have, in a sense, paved its way: ideas of biospheric holism, of the Earth as a Goddess, and of ancient Goddess-worshipping civilizations. I will briefly deal with each of these and with their interrelationships. Ideas of biospheric holism are not new. Some idea of an anima mundi, a “soul of the world” or “Earth spirit,” has persisted for centuries, and has been an undercurrent within the mystical and occult traditions of the West.

Scientific archaeologists and prehistorians have carved out the intellectual authority to speak on behalf of this distant past, but this authority has always been subject to challenges from within as well as outside the scholarly world. Moreover, paradigms do change, and even challenges from the fringes can provoke insights or raise important questions. At those times when social or cultural movements attempt to appropriate scientific support for their claims, however, the relationship between them and the scholarly establishment can become quite strained.

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