By Adrian J. Ivakhiv

Claiming Sacred GroundPilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and SedonaAdrian J. IvakhivA research of individuals and politics at New Age non secular sites.In this richly textured account, Adrian Ivakhiv makes a speciality of 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 through making an investment it with sacred meanings. Their endeavors are offered opposed to a vast canvas of cultural and environmental struggles linked to the incorporation of such geographically marginal areas into an increasing worldwide cultural financial system. Ivakhiv sees those contested and "heterotopic" landscapes because the nexus of a posh internet of interestes and longings: from millennial anxieties and nostalgic re-imaginings of background and prehistory; to real-estate strength grabs; contending spiritual visions; and the loose play of rules from technology, pseudo-science, and pop culture. Looming over all this is often the nonhuman lifetime of those landscapes, an"otherness" that alternately finds and conceals itself at the back of a pagenant of ideals, photographs, and place-myths.A major contribution to scholarship on substitute spirituality, sacred area, and the politics of traditional landscapes, Claiming Sacred flooring will curiosity students and scholars of environmental and cultural stories, and the sociology of non secular events and pilgrimage. Non-specialist readers should be inspired via the cultural, ecological, and non secular dimensions of outstanding usual landscapes. Adrian Ivakhiv teaches within the college 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 hope in Earth's Tangled net 2 Reimagining Earth three Orchestrating Sacred SpaceII Glastonbury four degree, 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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In her popular book Terravision: A Traveler’s Guide to the Living Planet Earth (1991), psychic Page Bryant cites the Gaia hypothesis and theoretical physicist David Bohm’s holographic universe theory to support her arguments about Earth vortices. ” Bryant classifies vortices into three types: electrical vortices, which include areas of high elevation and sacred mountains (Shasta, Kilauea, Denali/McKinley, and the San Francisco Peaks) and are said to be physically charging and stimulating; magnetic vortices, which are lower lying and include wells and springs (Lourdes, Glastonbury’s Chalice Well), lakes (Titicaca in Peru), and caves (the Pyrennean and Dardogne caves), and are said to be conducive to quiet meditation, healing, past-life recall, and intuitive guidance; and electromagnetic vortexes, which combine the two types of features, and include waterfalls such as Niagara Falls and Yellowstone Falls.

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