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Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities

Invention of Tradition and Syncretism in Contemporary Religions

Sacred Creativity

Editors: Palmisano, Stefania, Pannofino, Nicola (Eds.)

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  • Treats the notion of sacred creativity with an interdisciplinary approach
  • Explores– in heterogeneous geographical and social fields – the two main creative strategies by means of which the human-sacred relationship produces cultural innovation
  • Fills a gap in recent religious studies by demonstrating the general mechanisms which enable contemporary spirituality to generate important new cultural practices
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This book explores manifestations of creativity in the religious domain. Specifically, the contributions focus on the nexus of the sacred and the creative, and the mechanisms of syncretism and (re)invention of tradition by which this manifestations occur. 

The text is divided into two sections. In the first, empirical cases of spirituality characterized by syncretistic processes are highlighted; in the second, examples which can be traced back to forms of the (re)invention of tradition are examined.  The authors document possible forms of adaptations and religious enculturation. In the second, the authors demonstrate that spiritual traditions, whether ancient or historically fictitious, are suitable for reframing in the context of critical interpretative frameworks related to cultural expectations which challenge them and call their continuity into question. 

About the authors

Stefania Palmisano is Associate Professor in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Turin, Italy, where she teaches the Sociology of Religious Organization and the Sociology of Religion. She is Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion in Lancaster University (UK). She is a member of the editorial board of Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (il Mulino) and Fieldwork in Religion (EQUINOX). In addition, Stefania Palmisano is co-ordinator of the research centre CRAFT (Contemporary Religion and Faiths in Transition) based in the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of Turin University.

Nicola Pannofino is PhD in Sociology of Religion and Assistant Professor in Sociology of Language and Communication at the University of Turin. He is member of the scientific committee of Hierós, editorial series of the Italian academic publisher Meti, and member of the organizing committee of the research centre CRAFT (Contemporary Religion and Faiths in Transition) based in the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of Turin University. His research interests include sociology of alternative spirituality, secular religions, theories of the sacred, rhetoric and cognition.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Changing the Sacred: Creative Paths of Religious Experience

    Pages 1-25

    Palmisano, Stefania (et al.)

  • The Itako of Tōhoku: Between Tradition and Change

    Pages 29-50

    Marianna Zanetta,

  • Invisibility or Marginality? Assessing Religious Diversification Among Women Shamans in Eastern Siberia

    Pages 51-68

    Zola, Lia

  • Evolution of Tradition in the Rāmānandī Order Among Hagiographies, Jagadguru and Maṭh

    Pages 69-89

    Bevilacqua, Daniela

  • Re-membering the Goddess: The Avalon Sacred Path in Italy Between Tradition and Innovation

    Pages 91-119

    Pibiri, Roberta

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Invention of Tradition and Syncretism in Contemporary Religions
Book Subtitle
Sacred Creativity
Editors
  • Stefania Palmisano
  • Nicola Pannofino
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61097-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61097-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61096-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87005-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 234
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
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