Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury by Adrian J. Ivakhiv

By Adrian J. Ivakhiv

Claiming Sacred GroundPilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and SedonaAdrian J. IvakhivA learn of individuals and politics at New Age religious 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 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 huge canvas of cultural and environmental struggles linked to the incorporation of such geographically marginal locations into an increasing international cultural financial system. Ivakhiv sees those contested and "heterotopic" landscapes because the nexus of a posh net of interestes and longings: from millennial anxieties and nostalgic re-imaginings of background and prehistory; to real-estate energy grabs; contending non secular visions; and the loose play of rules from technological know-how, 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 at the back of a pagenant of ideals, pictures, and place-myths.A major contribution to scholarship on substitute spirituality, sacred area, and the politics of ordinary landscapes, Claiming Sacred flooring will curiosity students and scholars of environmental and cultural stories, and the sociology of spiritual pursuits and pilgrimage. Non-specialist readers can be influenced by means of the cultural, ecological, and non secular dimensions of awesome normal landscapes. Adrian Ivakhiv teaches within the school of Environmental experiences at York collage in Toronto, and is President of the Environmental reports organization of Canada.April 2001384 pages, 24 b&w pictures, 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 strength 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 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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Michell brought together previously disparate fields such as sacred geometry and ancient architecture, numerology, gematria, pyramids, Chinese geomancy, and ley lines into an alluring narrative of a glorious past whose fragments remain to haunt and inspire us: Reimagining Earth 25 A great scientific instrument lies sprawled over the entire surface of the globe. At some period, perhaps it was about 4000 years ago, almost every corner of the world was visited by a group of men who came with a particular task to accomplish.

These key words in- Reimagining Earth 27 cluded the animist and religious terminology of “angels and demons . . 9 Graves contrasts his theory with that of Michell, who posits a complex system of geomancy by which the siting of stone circles would have to have taken into account underground and overground energy matrices, astronomical alignments, geometrical and numerological structure, musical resonance, and other factors, all of which would have required the analytical skills of an elite brotherhood of ancient astronomer-priests.

Yet commonalities and local variations indicate that] every race made its own contribution towards a universal civilization. (1969:69–70)6 Michell at once portrayed ancient megalith builders as priests, astronomers, engineers, and pagan mystics attuned to the spirits or to the psychic and emotional body of the Earth Goddess herself. Alongside other proponents of sacred geometry (Pennick 1980; Critchlow 1982; Lawlor 1982), Michell proposed that there are correspondences between geometrical shapes, mathematical principles, natural energies, and cosmic harmonies; and that these principles, relating to form, shape, proportion, number, measure, and materials, were utilized in the design and construction of sacred monuments and their placement within the landscape.

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