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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 strength of the land and to mark out its importance by means of 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 locations into an increasing worldwide cultural economic 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 heritage and prehistory; to real-estate energy grabs; contending spiritual visions; and the loose play of principles from technology, pseudo-science, and pop culture. Looming over all this is often the nonhuman lifetime of those landscapes, an"otherness" that alternately unearths 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 ordinary landscapes, Claiming Sacred floor will curiosity students and scholars of environmental and cultural experiences, and the sociology of spiritual pursuits and pilgrimage. Non-specialist readers can be inspired through the cultural, ecological, and non secular dimensions of awesome normal landscapes. Adrian Ivakhiv teaches within the school of Environmental stories at York college in Toronto, and is President of the Environmental reviews 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 net 2 Reimagining Earth three Orchestrating Sacred SpaceII Glastonbury four degree, 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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With the help of some remarkable power, by which they could cut and raise enormous blocks of stone, these men erected vast astronomical instruments, circles of erect pillars, pyramids, underground tunnels, cyclopean stone platforms, all linked together by a network of tracks and alignments, whose course from horizon to horizon was marked by stones, mounds and earthworks. . Whether this enormous surge of energy, which within a few hundred years covered the whole earth with stone circles and earthworks, was released from one group or race, or whether it flowed spontaneously as a wave of universal inspiration is not yet clear.

Ley hunting became a favorite pastime for numerous clubs, for whose members it was as good an excuse as any for an outing in the countryside. In Watkins’s original formulation, leys were simply convenient ancient transport routes marked in straight lines over the terrain. As Hutton explains, however, “the logical and practical difficulties of imagining medieval traders trundling through swamps, rivers and a host of other obstacles, and a natural weariness with a spent enthusiasm, brought about a virtual demise of ‘ley-hunting’ by the 1950s” (1993b:121).

Actual straight-line tracks, such as those found in the South American Andes, are, in his view, representations of the shaman’s trance-state travels; and Devereux urges his readers to set out likewise into the “Spirit Earth” where we might “rediscover the perennial protocols for inhabiting the physical earth” and “for correcting our worldview” (219–20). Another line of research descending from Watkins’s straight track theory has been that taken up by “energy grid” theorists. In the 1970s, Cambridge mathematician Michael Behrend began detecting vast networks of ancient site alignments across southern Britain, plotting them with the aid of computers, and finding that churches and megalithic sites were set out in vast geometrical formations (such as heptagons and decagons) and according to multiples of fixed distances.

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