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The Noble Savage and the Global Village: Cultural Evolution in New Age and Neo-Pagan Thought

Bowman, Marion (1995). The Noble Savage and the Global Village: Cultural Evolution in New Age and Neo-Pagan Thought. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 10(2) pp. 139–149.

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Abstract

This article examines some of the assumptions underlying cultural evolution and such concepts as the Noble Savage and the Golden Age. Looking briefly at the influence and inference of these ideas in the past, their use and appearance in certain aspects of contemporary Pagan and New Age thought are then explored. The notion of the Noble Savage has recurred in various guises since at least classical times, and people have looked longingly to a lost Golden Age in history, myth or religion throughout recorded history. The theory of cultural evolution has had ramifications for both concepts, while in some respects seeming inimical to them. Now aspects of these three ideas are having spiritual implications for a large number of people. Examining the connections between them and contemporary religiosity can therefore provide useful insights towards our understanding of the present phenomena.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1995 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-9419
Keywords: pagan; New Age; Golden Age
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 45628
Depositing User: Marion Bowman
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 09:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45628
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