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Calling itself a "metaphysical mecca", the small town of Cassadaga, between Orlando and Daytona Beach in central Florida, was established more than a century ago on the principle of continuous life, the idea that spirits of the dead commune with the living. Though the founders of Cassadaga have passed on to the "spirit plane", the quaint Victorian town remains the oldest continuously active Spiritualist center in the South and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. While the community has often been sensationalized and misrepresented, this is the first serious work to examine its history, people, cultural environment, and religious system.<P>After presenting an overview of nineteenth-century religion, the book explores the town's early years, distinctive architecture, ritual life, core beliefs, healing work, and view of the future. It also probes the extent to which Cassadaga has assimilated New Age beliefs and other trends in contemporary American religious culture.<P>The study includes a group biography based on interviews with four older residents, plus a chapter on the colorful life of Eloise Page, a practicing medium in Cassadaga for more than forty years. It also features 47 photographs that guide readers through the town and portray residents engaged in various sacred and everyday activities.

Synopsis:

From the preface:

"The contributors to this volume invite us to explore this unexpected religious community from a combination of perspectives as revelatory as their subject matter . . . Their Cassadaga is at once surprising and familiar. To travel with them to Cassadaga is not only to travel back in time but also to see how America's past is present in its most modern religious developments. At Cassadaga the New Age does not appear as a foreign element on America's religious landscape but rather as a domestic product that is as American as the Bible Belt and as deeply rooted in our national religious longings."--Ann Braude, Harvard University, The Divinity School

"Finally, the important story of Cassadaga has been recorded, and these authors tell that story with eloquence and insight."--Timothy Miller, University of Kansas

"Brilliantly demonstrates the potential of a multifaceted team study of a single religious phenomenon, at the same time enhancing our awareness of the importance of the spiritualist strand in American religion."--Robert Ellwood, Goodwin-Philpott Eminent Scholar in Religion, Auburn University

Calling itself a "metaphysical mecca," the small town of Cassadaga, between Orlando and Daytona Beach in central Florida, was established more than a century ago on the principle of continuous life, the idea that spirits of the dead commune with the living. Though the founders of Cassadaga have passed on to the "spirit plane," the quaint Victorian town remains the oldest continuously active Spiritualist center in the South and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. While the community has often been sensationalized and misrepresented, this is the first serious work to examine its history, people, cultural environment, and religious system.

After presenting an overview of 19th-century religion, the book explores the town's early years, distinctive architecture, ritual life, core beliefs, healing work, and view of the future. It also probes the extent to which Cassadaga has assimilated New Age beliefs and reflects larger trends in contemporary American religious culture.

The study includes a group biography based on interviews with four older residents, plus a chapter on the colorful life of Eloise Page, a practicing medium in Cassadaga for more than 40 years. In addition, it features 47 photographs that guide readers through the town and portray residents engaged in various sacred and everyday activities.

John J. Guthrie, Jr., (1955-2000) was associate professor of history at Daytona Beach Community College, the author of <i>Keepers of the Spirits: The Judicial Response to Prohibition Enforcement in Florida, 1885-1935,</i> and coauthor of <i>The Florida Land Boom: Speculation, Money, and the Banks.</i>

Phillip Charles Lucas, associate professor of religious studies at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and general editor of <i>Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions</i>, is the author of <i>Prime Time Religion: An Encyclopedia of Religious Broadcasting</i> and <i>The Odyssey of a New Religion: The Holy Order of MANS from New Age to Orthodoxy.</i>

Gary Monroe, professor of art at Daytona Beach Community College's Southeast Museum School of Photography, has published his photographs in several books including <i>Miami Beach, Haiti</i>, and (with Jerome Stern) <i>Florida Dreams</i>.

Synopsis:

Calling itself a "metaphysical mecca," the small town of Cassadaga, between Orlando and Daytona Beach in central Florida, was established more than a century ago on the principle of continuous life, the idea that spirits of the dead commune with the living. Though the founders of Cassadaga have passed on to the "spirit plane," the quaint Victorian town remains the oldest continuously active Spiritualist center in the South and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. While the community has often been sensationalized and misrepresented, this is the first serious work to examine its history, people, cultural environment, and religious system.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-231) and index.

Table of Contents

  1. Context of Cassadaga: a historical overview of American spiritualism /Bret E. Carroll
  2. Seeking the sweet spirit of harmony: establishing a spiritualist community at Cassadaga, 1893-1933 /John J. Guthrie
  3. On the threshold of a new age: Cassadaga as a contemporary therapeutic community /Phillip Charles Lucas --"No palaces among us": Cassadaga's historic architecture, 1895-1945 /Sidney P. Johnston
  4. Glossary of architectural terms /Sidney P. Johnston
  5. Keepers of the veil: life stories of Cassadaga's senior residents /Ann Jerome Croce and Paul Jerome Croce.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813017433
Editor:
Guthrie, John J.
Editor:
Lucas, Phillip Charles
Editor:
Guthrie, John J.
Editor:
Lucas, Phillip Charles
Editor:
Monroe, Gary
Editor:
GUTHRIE, JR., JOHN J.; LUCAS, PHILLIP CHARLES; MONROE, GARY
Author:
Guthrie, John J.
Author:
Lucas, Phillip Charles
Author:
Monroe, Gary
Editor:
Monroe, Gary
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Location:
Gainesville, FL
Subject:
History
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
Metaphysical Phenomena
Subject:
Spiritualism
Subject:
Alternate Spirituality
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Cassadaga
Subject:
Spiritualism - General
Subject:
Metaphysical Phenomena - General
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Spiritualism -- Florida -- Cassadaga.
Subject:
Cassadaga (Fla.) History.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
The Florida history and culture series
Series Volume:
99-367A (Paper copy)
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 bandw photos, notes, bibliography, in
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 1.63 lb

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From the preface:

"The contributors to this volume invite us to explore this unexpected religious community from a combination of perspectives as revelatory as their subject matter . . . Their Cassadaga is at once surprising and familiar. To travel with them to Cassadaga is not only to travel back in time but also to see how America's past is present in its most modern religious developments. At Cassadaga the New Age does not appear as a foreign element on America's religious landscape but rather as a domestic product that is as American as the Bible Belt and as deeply rooted in our national religious longings."--Ann Braude, Harvard University, The Divinity School

"Finally, the important story of Cassadaga has been recorded, and these authors tell that story with eloquence and insight."--Timothy Miller, University of Kansas

"Brilliantly demonstrates the potential of a multifaceted team study of a single religious phenomenon, at the same time enhancing our awareness of the importance of the spiritualist strand in American religion."--Robert Ellwood, Goodwin-Philpott Eminent Scholar in Religion, Auburn University

Calling itself a "metaphysical mecca," the small town of Cassadaga, between Orlando and Daytona Beach in central Florida, was established more than a century ago on the principle of continuous life, the idea that spirits of the dead commune with the living. Though the founders of Cassadaga have passed on to the "spirit plane," the quaint Victorian town remains the oldest continuously active Spiritualist center in the South and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. While the community has often been sensationalized and misrepresented, this is the first serious work to examine its history, people, cultural environment, and religious system.

After presenting an overview of 19th-century religion, the book explores the town's early years, distinctive architecture, ritual life, core beliefs, healing work, and view of the future. It also probes the extent to which Cassadaga has assimilated New Age beliefs and reflects larger trends in contemporary American religious culture.

The study includes a group biography based on interviews with four older residents, plus a chapter on the colorful life of Eloise Page, a practicing medium in Cassadaga for more than 40 years. In addition, it features 47 photographs that guide readers through the town and portray residents engaged in various sacred and everyday activities.

John J. Guthrie, Jr., (1955-2000) was associate professor of history at Daytona Beach Community College, the author of <i>Keepers of the Spirits: The Judicial Response to Prohibition Enforcement in Florida, 1885-1935,</i> and coauthor of <i>The Florida Land Boom: Speculation, Money, and the Banks.</i>

Phillip Charles Lucas, associate professor of religious studies at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and general editor of <i>Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions</i>, is the author of <i>Prime Time Religion: An Encyclopedia of Religious Broadcasting</i> and <i>The Odyssey of a New Religion: The Holy Order of MANS from New Age to Orthodoxy.</i>

Gary Monroe, professor of art at Daytona Beach Community College's Southeast Museum School of Photography, has published his photographs in several books including <i>Miami Beach, Haiti</i>, and (with Jerome Stern) <i>Florida Dreams</i>.

"Synopsis" by ,

Calling itself a "metaphysical mecca," the small town of Cassadaga, between Orlando and Daytona Beach in central Florida, was established more than a century ago on the principle of continuous life, the idea that spirits of the dead commune with the living. Though the founders of Cassadaga have passed on to the "spirit plane," the quaint Victorian town remains the oldest continuously active Spiritualist center in the South and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. While the community has often been sensationalized and misrepresented, this is the first serious work to examine its history, people, cultural environment, and religious system.

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