Trance Formation: The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Trance Formation

The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture, 1st Edition

By Robin Sylvan


224 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Robin Sylvan combines colorful firsthand accounts, extensive interviews with ravers, and cutting edge scholarly analysis to paint a compelling portrait of global rave culture as an important new religious and spiritual phenomenon that also serves as a template for mapping the future evolution of new forms of religion and spirituality in the twenty-first century.


"Millions of people on every continent of planet Earth, regularly coming together in ecstatic trance-dance celebrations held and energized by pulsing electronic beats, are having the deepest spiritual experience of their lives. In this thoroughly fascinating study, religious scholar Robin Sylvan makes a convincing case for regarding the global rave culture as an authentic expression of a unifying spiritual vision that integrates across all languages, religions and nationalities. Reading this book, as well as going to a rave, will leave you inspired and hopeful for our sadly fractured world." -- Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., co-author of The Psychedelic Experience and author of The Unfolding Self

About the Author

Robin Sylvan, Ph.D., is the founder and director of The Sacred Center, a nonprofit educational organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of Traces of the Spirit: The Religious Dimensions of Popular Music.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Spirituality