Trance Formation : The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture
Robin Sylvan combines colorful firsthand accounts, extensive interviews with ravers, and cutting edge scholarly analysis to paint a compelling portrait of global rave culture as an important new religious and spiritual phenomenon that also serves as a template for mapping the future evolution of new forms of religion and spirituality in the twenty-first century.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 157.5 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
- 29 Sep 2005
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 7 Illustrations, black and white
Table of contents
Acknowledgements Part 1: An Introduction to the World of Raves: Three Scenes 1. A Brief History of the Rave Scene 2. The Full Spectrum of Events: From Warehouse Parties and Clubs to Burning Man and the Love Parade Part 2: The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture 3. Trance Formation: The Religious Experience of Rave 4. Techno Tribal Church: The Ritual and Ceremonial Forms of Rave 5. Transformation: Rave Worldview, Rave Spirituality and Global Rave Culture 6. Living Laboratories: Rave Communities and Networks Conclusion: Rave New World Appendix Notes Bibliography Index
"Millions of people on every continent of planet Earth, regularly coming together in ecstatic trance-dance celebrations held and energized by pulsing electronic beats, are having the deepest spiritual experience of their lives. In this thoroughly fascinating study, religious scholar Robin Sylvan makes a convincing case for regarding the global rave culture as an authentic expression of a unifying spiritual vision that integrates across all languages, religions and nationalities. Reading this book, as well as going to a rave, will leave you inspired and hopeful for our sadly fractured world."-Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., co-author of "The Psychedelic Experience and author of "The Unfolding Self
About Robin Sylvan
Robin Sylvan, Ph.D., is the founder and director of The Sacred Center, a nonprofit educational organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of Traces of the Spirit: The Religious Dimensions of Popular Music.