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The Mythic Dimensions of New Religious Movements

Diana G. Tumminia and R. George Kirkpatrick

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195369649.003.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Mythic Dimensions of New Religious Movements

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This article argues that, despite the significant body of theoretical work that has been carried out by anthropologists and others, the mythological dimension of new religions has been largely ignored. Using Unarius Society, feminist witchcraft, and the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness as examples, it suggests that new religious movement myths are not fixed, but, rather, change in response to the ongoing process of reality construction taking place within such movements.

Keywords: reality construction; mythology; Unarius Society; feminist witchcraft; anthropology

Article.  7945 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems ; Religious Studies

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