9780415969116

Cyberhenge: Modern Pagans on the Internet

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415969116

  • ISBN10:

    0415969115

  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2004-10-26
  • Publisher: Routledge

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InCyberhenge, Douglas E. Cowan brings together two fascinating and virtually unavoidable phenomena of contemporary life--the Internet and the new religious movement of Neopaganism. For growing numbers of Neopagans-Wiccans, Druids, Goddess-worshippers, and others--the Internet provides an environment alive with possibilities for invention, innovation, and imagination. From angel channeling, biorhythms, and numerology to e-covens and cybergroves where neophytes can learn everything from the Wiccan Rede to spellworking, Cowan illuminates how and why Neopaganism is using Internet technology in fascinating new ways as a platform for invention of new religious traditions and the imaginative performance of ritual. This book is essential reading for students and scholars of new religious movements, and for anyone interested in the intersections of technology and faith.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The Modern Pagan Internet: From Hyperbole to Reality and Back Again
1(26)
Screenshots from the Modern Pagan Web
1(2)
From Hyperbole to Reality and Back Again
3(15)
The Lay Lines of the Cyberland
18(4)
Click to Continue...
22(5)
The Road to Cyberhenge: Conceptualizing Modern Paganism Online and Off-
27(24)
Conceptualizing Modern Paganism
27(3)
Hacking Religion: The Open Source of Modern Paganism
30(5)
Personal Gnosis: The Cultures of Modern Paganism Online and Off-Line
35(14)
The Pandora Problem of Open Source Religion
49(2)
The Mists of Cyberhenge: Mapping the Modern Pagan Internet
51(30)
The Internet: Is It Really Virtual or Is It Merely Online?
51(3)
Online Community: Reality or the Illusion of Reality?
54(4)
Metaphysical Conversation and the Construction of Magickal Community
58(3)
A Web of Potential and Opportunity
61(1)
Anonymity and Disclosure on the Web
62(4)
``Demigods in a Box'': Modern Pagan Visions of Hardware and Software
66(7)
``Magick'' or ``Like Magic?'': Conceptualizing Pagan Computing Space
73(5)
Transparency and Hyperbole
78(3)
Online Solitaries and Cybercovens: (Re-)Inventing the Modern Pagan Path
81(38)
Alone and in Community: Modern Pagan Working Practice
81(9)
From Gardner to Gigabytes: The Evolution of the Wiccan Coven
90(4)
Cyberhenge: A Typology of Modern Pagan Working Groups
94(22)
Durability and Decline: Explaining Online Success and Failure
116(3)
Among the Stones of Cyberhenge: Modern Pagan Ritual on the World Wide Web
119(34)
The Mystery of the Online Ritual: In Which We Almost Catch a Coven
119(8)
The Reality of Online Ritual: The Coven at Work on the Web
127(10)
Performance and Paradox: Parsing the Online Ritual
137(9)
Drawing Down the Electronic Moon: Translating the Body Online and the Problem of Interphysicality
146(7)
Coming Out of the Online Broom Closet: Identity and Authority on the World Wide Web
153(40)
From Dabblers to Demagogues: Identity, Disclosure, and Investment Online and Off-
153(23)
Peeking Out of the Broom Closet: Disclosing Modern Pagan Identity Online
176(4)
The Modern Pagan Entrepreneur: Hieratic Authority and Spells for Sale
180(13)
(In) Conclusion: A Web of Dangers, Benefits, and Research Directions
193(10)
Growth and the Illusion of Growth: A Cautionary Tale for Scholars and Pagans Alike
193(5)
Potential and Performance: The Benefits of the World Wide Web
198(3)
Modern Paganism Online and Off-Line: A Web of Research Possibilities
201(2)
Bibliography 203(18)
Index 221

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