By Véronique Altglas
Non secular exoticism implies a deeply ambivalent courting to otherness and to faith itself: conventional spiritual teachings are uprooted and fragmented with the intention to be appropriated as functional tools for private development. Western modern societies have visible the big popularization of such "exotic" spiritual assets as yoga and meditation, Shamanism, Buddhism, Sufism, and Kabbalah. Véronique Altglas exhibits that those developments tell us approximately how spiritual assets are disseminated globally, in addition to how the self is built in society. She makes use of case reports: the Hindu-based events in France and Britain that began within the Seventies, and the Kabbalah Centre in France, Britain, Brazil, and Israel. She attracts upon significant qualitative and cross-cultural empirical investigations to conceptualize non secular exoticism and provide a nuanced and unique knowing of its modern importance. From Yoga to Kabbalah broadens scholarly knowing of the globalization of faith, how religions are changed via cultural encounters, and of spiritual existence in neoliberal societies.
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