In recent decades new forms of spirituality have made an appearance in the contemporary Greek and Portuguese religious landscape, challenging the authority of the Orthodox and Catholic Church, and claiming a central position in practices of everyday religiosity. The majority of spiritual practitioners in Greece and Portugal seem to be producing a novel ritual, performative and material affinity between Christian religion and “New Age” spirituality, amalgamating the two during everyday practice in creative and syncretic ways. Such a synthesis, which I ethnographically observed during my fieldwork in Athens and in Lisbon, is part of a response to global trends and influences, as well as to the difficult socio-economic situation that the two countries have faced in the last few years.
|Title of host publication||Invention of Tradition and Syncretism in Contemporary Religions|
|Editors||Stefania Palmisano, Nicola Pannofino|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Sep 2017|