Trance Formation

Trance Formation : The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16.51mm | 408g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0415970903
  • 9780415970907

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
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Review quote

"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
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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.
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