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Reclamation, appropriation and the ecstatic imagination in modern pagan ritual

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Modern Pagans revive, re-create and experiment with elements from those religions in order to create meaningful ways of relating to nature and the sacred. This chapter describes what Pagans mean by ritual and how it became the central form of religious expression in these religions. It discusses ritual as a form of creative expression used to bring about religious ecstasy, and examines the processes by which ritual was and continues to be created by Neopagans. The discussion looks into issues of cultural property and appropriation as they apply to this particular case. Reclamation focuses on exactly those elements that the dominant culture considers hallmarks of the subdominant groups inferiority. By reclaiming them, groups give these elements a new and illustrious context that serves as a source of pride and identity.

Keywords: appropriation; ecstatic imagination; modern Pagan ritualists; reclamation



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