Procession and possession in Glastonbury: Continuity, change and the manipulation of tradition

Bowman, Marion (2004). Procession and possession in Glastonbury: Continuity, change and the manipulation of tradition. Folklore, 115(3) pp. 273–285.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0015587042000284266

Abstract

Glastonbury, a small town in the south-west of England, is considered significant by a variety of religious groups and spiritual seekers. While there is a large degree of peaceful co-existence between people holding radically different worldviews, the contested nature of Glastonbury as a spiritual centre is occasionally played out by means of public displays of religiosity, the most obvious example of which is the procession. This paper compares Christian and Goddess-oriented processions as case studies in the use of traditional means to assert historical, spatial and spiritual claims in contemporary Glastonbury.

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