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Nova Religio. 2020; 234116–118 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.4.116
Published: 15 April 2020
... estimation, Rocha s own analysis surpasses her inter- locutors in both depth of knowledge and insight. It is a joy to watch important intellectual agendas develop across a scholar s body of work. John of God continues Cristina Rocha s project of recalibrating our understanding of transnational religion by...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23443–68 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.4.43
Published: 15 April 2020
... argues that both left- and right-wing magical practi- tioners share with other occultist groups involved in politics an under- lying element of the narrative that Umberto Eco calls Ur-Fascism : the idea of a body of lost knowledge rooted in the past, whose recovery is part of the sacred work that will...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23415–42 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.4.15
Published: 15 April 2020
... chaos magic associated with the Cult of Kek. The Magic Resistance: Synchronized Spellcasting to Bind Donald J. Trump That witchcraft had entered the American political landscape first became common knowledge nearly a month after Trump s Asprem: The Magical Theory of Politics 17 inauguration on 20...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 233143–144 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.143
Published: 01 February 2020
... these seekers. He recognizes that to some extent; these tourists are operating from postcolonial positions of privilege to gain access to aspects of African culture that they can then use for their own benefit. Moreover, he acknowledges that some Be´ninois are leery of sharing their knowledge with...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 233131–133 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.131
Published: 01 February 2020
... beings invade and attack the phys- ical body by stealing part of one s soul, involves in-depth knowledge of non-human entities, and their exorcism and endorcism. Part Two, Cohabitation and Sharing, examines and emphasizes the centrality of food sharing and exchange between humans and non-humans within...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23331–59 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.31
Published: 01 February 2020
... suggest, three general interpre- tations: (a) Psychedelic experiences of extraterrestrials are purely endogenous, a product of the mind under the influence of a powerful hallucinogen. This does not mean, of course, that they cannot also be significant moments of illumination. As the German anthropologist...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23360–85 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.60
Published: 01 February 2020
.../10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.60. INTRODUCTION B razil is fertile ground for the study of Western esotericism,a scholarly field that focuses on a wide array of intellectual cur-rents, practices, and movements in the post-Enlightenment West that center on occult knowledge; that is, ways of knowing rejected by both...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 23294–104 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.2.94
Published: 01 November 2019
.... Once the move to California is made in 1965, things get scary and weird, and this is where professional filmmaking, good production values, and storytell- ing come to the fore. The editing of the California period reinforces the duality of Jones character. Temple defector Deborah Layton discusses how...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 23218–41 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.2.18
Published: 01 November 2019
..., numerous lesser-known socialist communities were also created through- out the 1840s, resulting in the production of communal spaces in which religious diversity, and religious experimentation, could take form. For socialist communitarians, as for nineteenth-century Americans in general, the increasing...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 23189–111 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.1.89
Published: 01 August 2019
..., and establishing group boundaries. Over time, members created a variety of organizations linked to 3HO, and many members became Sikhs. They created businesses, several involving food production and sales, and some quite successful. In 2010 representatives of one of their organizations, Sikh Dharma...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 23138–59 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.1.38
Published: 01 August 2019
... article, I examine the place of fasting in New Age spirituality and what it means in this context to renounce eating and sometimes drinking. I suggest that fasting in New Age spirituality is a route to self-knowledge and enlightenment, one that separates the individual from others, particularly their kin...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 22460–74 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.60
Published: 01 May 2019
... The Regents of the University of California 2019 doubt ghosts material culture knowledge production Haunted Objects English Paranormal Investigation and the Material Mediation of Doubt Michele Hanks ABSTRACT: In contemporary England, paranormal investigation has emerged as a popular means...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 22427–43 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.27
Published: 01 May 2019
... perennialist understands archaeological artifacts and monuments to be cross-culturally similar not because one culture was familiar with similar cultural products of another, but as the result of direct, experiential knowledge of something like a Platonic essence, which was then culturally encoded in an...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 22496–104 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.96
Published: 01 May 2019
...Susan J. Palmer © 2019 by The Regents of the University of California 2019 Wild Wild Country . Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way . Duplass Brothers Productions , 2018 . Six episodes. Media Review Wild Wild Rajneeshpuram Susan J. Palmer Wild Wild Country. Directed by Chapman...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 224121–123 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.121
Published: 01 May 2019
... tapestry that reshapes our understanding of the ethnic, religious, and cultural compositions of contemporary Jewish as well as African communities. The book brings us to reconsider long held assumptions, and to enrich and complicate our knowledge of both reli- gions in Africa and Jews. I enthusiastically...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 22413–26 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.13
Published: 01 May 2019
... arguments that I had failed to comprehend fully the ways in which spiritual sources of knowledge were favored by members of the society. If anything, my conversation partner found a psychically dictated text more reliable than an ancient Vedic scripture. MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL LENSES A trend of anti...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 22475–88 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.75
Published: 01 May 2019
... product that can symbolize [a] group s identity irrespective of the par- ticular structure of the government. 7 Firth supports his argument about the defining role of religion in the construction of political systems with references to socialist states that justify expunging religion due to its role in...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 223150–153 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.3.150
Published: 01 February 2019
... Methuselah stories from Astounding Science Fiction (1947 1950). Stefano Bigliardi offers a superb analysis of Battlefield Earth (1982) and the Mission Earth dekalogy (1985 1987) through the lenses of knowledge, technology, and power. The philosopher and historian, Nova Religio 150 admirably, read these...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 22360–83 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.3.60
Published: 01 February 2019
... sect. The contrasting media products resulting from this difference relate to studies from religious scholars Carole M. Cusack, and Lynn Davidman and Arthur Greil.2 In a study of new religious movement ex-members and their internet presence, Cusack found that ex-members have continued to construct...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 223108–120 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.3.108
Published: 01 February 2019
..., that it could have ended differently had FBI agents shown more patience and been willing to work with knowledgeable third-party intermediaries in the negotiations. The A&E documentary is not entirely sympathetic to the Branch Davidians. Marc Breault is interviewed to alert viewers to the dangers of...