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Title: Real Vampires - Handbook Of Hyper-Real Religions - Adam Possamai PhD - 04.12
Post by: Merticus on April 27, 2012, 12:45:41 PM
Announcing a significant academic advancement for the Vampire Community.  Unlike 95% of the academic articles/papers written on the topic of "real vampirism", this work is part of a prestigious published series of books entitled 'Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion' edited by Dr. Adam Possamai of the University of Western Sydney and distributed to hundreds of institutions throughout the world.  The real Vampire Community is discussed on pages 141-163 by Dr. Joseph Laycock from the viewpoint of identity or cognitive praxis -- not religious institutions as some scholars have argued in the past.  The Otherkin Community is also discussed by Danielle Kirby along with numerous other scholars you may recognize such as John Morehead of the Western Institute for Intercultural Studies.  I highly encourage you to obtain a copy of this book if you're able or request it be carried at your local college or university library.


Handbook of Hyper-Real Religions

Editor: Adam Possamai
BIC2: Alternative Belief Systems
Volume: 5
Series: Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion
ISSN: 1874-6691
ISBN13: 9789004218819
Publication Date: April 2012
Edition Info: 1
Version: Hardback
Publication Type: Book
Pages, Illustrations: xiv, 442 pp.
Imprint: BRILL
Language: English
Cost: $196.00


Today a new trend is clearly discernible, that of ‘hyper-real religions’. These are innovative religions and spiritualities that mix elements of religious traditions with popular culture. If we imagine a spectrum of intensity of the merging of popular culture with religion, we might find, at one end, groups practicing Jediism appropriated from the Star Wars movies, Matrixism from the Matrix trilogy, and neo-pagan rites based on stories from The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series. At the other end of the spectrum, members of mainstream religions, such as Christianity can be influenced or inspired by, for example, The Da Vinci Code. Through various case studies, this book studies the on- and off-line religious/spiritual consumption of these narratives through a social scientific approach.

Title: Re: Real Vampires - Handbook Of Hyper-Real Religions - Adam Possamai PhD - 04.12
Post by: Merticus on May 04, 2012, 06:45:19 PM