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Ancient Avalon, New Jerusalem, Heart Chakra Of Planet Earth: The Local And The Global In Glastonbury

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This chapter explores the extent to which Glastonbury has claimed a ‘serial centrality’ over the centuries in relation to different religious trends, first within Christianity and, in the course of the twentieth century, within a growing number of worldviews. Highlighting similarities and tensions between the competing visions and discourses to be found there, it examines issues surrounding the negotiation of the local and the global for a variety of groups and individuals. In conventional terms, Glastonbury is a small town in rural Somerset, in the South West of England. In global terms, Glastonbury is regarded as the ‘heart chakra’ of planet earth, or as one informant put it, ‘the beginning of where the spiritual energy comes into the physical plane’. Leonard Primiano defines vernacular religion as “religion as it is lived: as humans encounter, understand, interpret and practice it”.

Keywords: Christianity; England; Glastonbury; heart chakra; planet earth; vernacular religion



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