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Navigating Inspiration, Intimacy, Conflict and Sleep in a Pagan Community

Morgain, Rachel


In a grassy clearing framed with towering fir trees, seven adults in their 20s and 30s lie together, drifting toward sleep. It is a late summer night, under crystalline stars in the crisp air, high in the mountains of Oregon. Quiet conversations drift between pairs and triplets lying close to one another: of shared histories, new friendships, the gentle reconciling of recent conflicts. Our bodies are relaxed, infused with the soft numinosity of the ritual held earlier that evening, which we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Sleep Around the World: Anthropological Perspectives
DOI: 10.1057/9781137315731


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