Fasting is an unexplored area of New Age spirituality. Using material that is primarily ethnographic, based on long-term participant observation fieldwork in Sedona, Arizona, a small town renowned for its New Age associations, this article examines some forms of fasting that are commonly recommended and attempted in New Age spirituality. The ethnographic data are supplemented with material drawn from two New Age spiritual leaders who are connected to Sedona, both of whom recommend fasting. Fasting is analyzed as a form of managing and organizing interspecies relationality, following the work of Graham Harvey. The consequences are framed in terms of the effects fasting has on the social organization of relatedness, or kinship, and on accusations of being dangerous or exhibiting “cult-like” behavior.
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Research Article| August 01 2019
Becoming a Being of Pure Consciousness: Fasting and New Age Spirituality
Nova Religio (2019) 23 (1): 38–59.
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Susannah Crockford; Becoming a Being of Pure Consciousness: Fasting and New Age Spirituality. Nova Religio 1 August 2019; 23 (1): 38–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.1.38
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