Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Chrisy Moutsatsos

Abstract

This research explores the relationships between religious experience and gender identity among contemporary Pagans in America. Personal experience, specifically spiritual experience, is fundamental in how Pagans described not only their spirituality but also their identities. In a social context where the mind is viewed as sacred and the body as profane, contemporary Pagans are challenging hegemonic beliefs. Through linguistic adaptation and linguistic appropriation, men and women in the Pagan community outline new identities for themselves. In the same way that Pagans understand their spirituality through bodily experience, gender and sexuality are also understood through personal experience. Because of the primacy of experience contemporary Pagans have created new frames for understanding, discussing and validating forms of gender and sexuality that are often framed as "alternative."

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-377

Copyright Owner

Holly R. Raabe

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-06

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

139 pages

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Anthropology Commons

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