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Power Trips: Making Sacred Space Through New Age Pilgrimage

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Travel to sacred sites constitutes an integral part of New Age spiritual culture. This chapter examines the phenomenon of New Age pilgrimage at a prominent centre of New Age activities, the town of Sedona in north-central Arizona. It begins by examining the geographical contours of New Age culture. Located part-way between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, the small town of Sedona and its surrounding area attract some four to six million tourists a year. The chapter also examines Richard Leviton’s book The Galaxy on Earth: A Traveler’s Guide to the Planet’s Visionary Geography (2002). The book presents a most impressively wide-ranging synthesis of New Age views on sacred space. The sacred or visionary geography of New Age spirituality is in many ways novel in its embrace of a global, post-Apollo and post- Sputnik perspective.

Keywords: New Age culture; New Age pilgrimage; sacred sites; sacred space; Sedona; The Galaxy on Earth



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