"We Are a Circle": Interpellation and Liminality in Neopagan Witchcraft Rituals

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"We Are a Circle": Interpellation and Liminality in Neopagan Witchcraft Rituals

Subject

Anthropology

Description

Circle Sanctuary, as an Ideological State Apparatus (ISA), interpellates Neopagan practitioners into ideologies such as interconnectedness through rituals following the structure of rites of passage. In the liminal stage of rituals, Altered States of Consciousness may be induced due to the physiological and psychological triggers in rituals, which produces psychological effects like hyper-suggestibility in practitioners. From this state of hyper-suggestibility, Circle Sanctuary reverends are able to easily interpellate practitioners into Neopagan ideologies through repetitive chants and other suggestions. In addition, Neopaganism is a felicitous system for this specific historical and cultural moment in America, due to its universalist, activist, and oppositional nature, which appeals to many people as modern Americans face the social and environmental crises of their time.

Creator

Rachel Steiner

Source

Senior Showcase Oral Presentation

Publisher

Ripon College

Date

April 18, 2017

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The author reserves all rights.

Identifier

Major: Anthropology
Minors: English and Women's & Gender Studies
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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Citation

Rachel Steiner, “"We Are a Circle": Interpellation and Liminality in Neopagan Witchcraft Rituals ,” Senior Showcase Digital Collection, accessed September 21, 2018, https://rcseniorshowcase.omeka.net/items/show/74.

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