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Wicca, and Not a Form of Association with the Devil

Wicca, and Not a Form of Association with the Devil

Wicca: A five-letter word that is many of a time mistaken for another five-letter word; witch. Yet in present definitions, the two are far from interchangeable. Wicca is a religious practice that is slowly being recognized in the United States of America and other areas around the world.

Goth Mysticism, Fashion, Science, and the British Tradition

Goth Mysticism, Fashion, Science, and the British Tradition

In his informal musings on British popular culture, Michael Bracewell observes that “from the eighteenth-century onwards, mysticism in England can be seen to flourish at times of sudden scientific advancement” (during the Thatcher era however, it was more a case of sweeping economic changes being touted as “progress”).

The Commodification of Whitby Goth Weekend and the Loss of a Subculture

The Commodification of Whitby Goth Weekend and the Loss of a Subculture

Popular music as a subculture in late modernity is one obvious space where social identity is negotiated and performed, and there is a wealth of literature on the topic (Bennett, 2000; Cohen, 1991; Frith, 1983; Whiteley, 2000). However, research on music tourism is less developed (although see Connell and Gibson, 2002).

Goth Subculture Spirituality and Unique Visual Aesthetics

Goth Subculture Spirituality and Unique Visual Aesthetics

We agree with Siegel that Goth is a meaningful form of resistance to “regimes of sexual normalcy” that buttress consumer capitalism (Siegel, 2005, p. 2). Indeed, we underscore how Goth’s “new eroticisms” and unique visual styles “make possible new ways of thinking.”

British Gothic Subculture and the Ambivalence of Resistance

British Gothic Subculture and the Ambivalence of Resistance

The lyrics of the opening track on Bauhaus’s debut album, ‘In the Flat Field’, are a fitting opening, because they signal the characteristic ambivalence of the gothic “underground.” As someone who has frequented the gothic scene for almost fifteen years, and as someone who has worked to provide a more sympathetic portrayal of the subculture elsewhere, I can easily say that the “shielding pride” of gothic performativity makes it difficult for those on the outside to understand the complexity of being goth, including a recognition of a real dark side (Gunn 1999a and 1999b).

Occult, Spiritual Movements and Esoteric Doctrines in Russia

Occult, Spiritual Movements and Esoteric Doctrines in Russia

After the collapse of the communist system, it was not only the established denominations (the Russian Orthodox Church, various Protestant churches) that experienced a boom in Russia, as people tried to fill the spiritual and ideological vacuum left behind by the previous system.

Foreword: Disability, Metonymic Disruption, and the Gothic

Foreword: Disability, Metonymic Disruption, and the Gothic

Blind. Vampire. Amputee. Zombie. These labels serve to identify and categorize the subject to whom they are applied. In some ways, they are essentializing. Each conjures up a specific image: dark glasses, fangs, prosthetic limbs, rotting flesh.

The Rise of Luciferians and the Fall of the Knights Templars

The Rise of Luciferians and the Fall of the Knights Templars

In the thirteenth-century, a group of people called Luciferians attracted papal attention for Devil worship, and this time there can be little doubt that this is exactly what was going on. The Pope sent Conrad of Marburg, a gentleman described as a “sadistic fanatic who had been spiritual director of St. Elizabeth of Thuringia and had delighted in beating and humiliating her,” to Germany in order to squash the heresy taking place there.

Cults and Sects Accused by the Recipients of Divine Grace

Cults and Sects Accused by the Recipients of Divine Grace

One of the first groups accused by the Church of worshipping Satan in the traditionally accepted way were the Paulicians. They were a group of Armenians who lived in the Southeastern part of the Empire, out of the direct control of the Armenian Church.

New Directions in Gothic Media and Popular Culture

New Directions in Gothic Media and Popular Culture

The Gothic as a phenomenon is commonly identified as beginning with Horace Walpole’s novel ‘The Castle of Otranto’ (1764), which was followed by Clara Reeve’s ‘The Old English Baron’ (1778), the romances of Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis’ ‘The Monk’ (1796).

The Bubonic Plague and Other Natural Catastrophes

The Bubonic Plague and Other Natural Catastrophes

In the last days of the year 2004, an undersea earthquake located off the coast of Indonesia caused a colossal tidal wave that engulfed the shorelines of the Indian Ocean and drowned approximately 300,000 people.

Surrealism and the Occult Esotericism in Movements

Surrealism and the Occult Esotericism in Movements

Late in the summer of 1924, a small book was published in Paris. Although it garnered little attention at the time, this ‘Manifesto of Surrealism’ heralded the existence of an avant-garde movement that would prove to be one of the most influential of the twentieth-century.

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