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Collective Effervescence, Numinous Experience Or Proto-Religious Phenomena? Moshing With Durkheim, Schleiermacher And Otto

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The significance of the deep experience of music at the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival (WCBR) is the subject of this chapter. The chapter draws on the work of sociologist Emile Durkheim and theologians Friedrich Schleiermacher and Rudolf Otto to help illuminate the significance of the experience of music at the WCBR. One of Durkheims most controversial and useful concepts is collective effervescence. The chapter outlines three paradigms which can be used to interpret and illuminate the deep experience of music at the WCBR. This phenomenological analysis comprises a sketch of each respective thinkers contribution. The chapter presents some specific ethnographic examples, based on participant observation at the WCBR. It also outlines Schleiermachers useful, if unusual sounding, concept intuition of the universe. It also be necessary to distinguish between religionssystems of doctrine and practice which have developed around these intuitionsand proto-religious phenomena.

Keywords: collective effervescence; Emile Durkheim; Friedrich Schleiermacher; proto-religious phenomena; Rudolf Otto; WCBR



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