Ireland and the Religions of the Internet: Liminality and Anima Mundi

Abstract : Ireland is considered by international adepts of new religious movements and Celtic Christians alike as a liminal space where the sacred is more easily accessible than elsewhere in the world. Many of those who claim Irish roots seek to redefine their religious identity in such a way that they may reconnect with their ancestors' homeland. Some travel to Ireland to take part in Celtic pilgrimages or other such activities, whose purpose is precisely to experience liminality and be reborn to a new identity. Others choose to reinvent Ireland as a liminal space on the internet. The proposed paper will explore the different approaches to this re–invented Ireland (cybercommunities, international internet "religions" based in Ireland etc.) and comment on the internet as a medium through which new religious or semi-religious communities may be created. It will argue that the nature of the medium leads to the necessary redefinition of conceptions of the other world, which can be accessed beyond the screen.
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Catherine Maignant. Ireland and the Religions of the Internet: Liminality and Anima Mundi. 2017. ⟨hal-01651909⟩

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