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Alternative Archaeology and New Age Traditionalism in Contemporary Russia

Published Online: 22 Dec 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 15 (2021) - Issue 2 (December 2021)
Page range: 63 - 73
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2228-0987
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16 Apr 2016
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

This article examines how esoteric traditionalism in contemporary Russia searches for legitimisation using alternative archaeology. Although New Age spirituality is often considered a private religion, some of its manifestations have a significant impact on the public sphere. The author demonstrates that the New Age in Russia contributes to redefining of categories of religion, science, and cultural heritage through the construction of sacred sites and discursive opposition to academic knowledge. The research is based on analysis of media products that present esoteric interpretations of archaeological sites in southern Russia and ethnographic data collected in a pilgrimage to the dolmens of the Krasnodar region.

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