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Book: Enchantment

Chapter: Spiritual Re-Enchantment

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43969


In this chapter, I describe a different version of re-enchantment, one in which enchantment pertains to interactions with magic, spirits, and invisible forces and re-enchantment involves the recovery of pagan belief and practice or else the creation of new alternative spiritual paths. I begin by outlining the most detailed theoretical account of spiritual re-enchantment, focussing on the work of Christopher Partridge and his description of occulture. I describe a variety of ‘neo-pagan’ new religious movements in which many practitioners both believe in and actively engage with gods, magic, and spirits. Next, I consider a range of popular alternative spiritual beliefs and practices that focus on contact with spirit entities and alternative healing practices and which are often categorized as ‘New Age.’ Finally, I explore the renewed interest in the presence of ghosts and spirits in modern society along with individuals who claim to be able to communicate or interact with them.

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