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From Yoga to Kabbalah: Religious Exoticism and the Logics of Bricolage

Véronique Altglas


The popularization of Buddhism, yoga and meditation, public curiosity about shamanism and Sufism, and the recent craze for Kabbalah all demonstrate the appeal of foreign religious traditions to a wide audience in advanced industrial societies. Strange and enticing, their perceived otherness seems to lend them authenticity and to nourish hopes for the discovery of mysteries and hidden truths. Why are individuals attracted to “foreign” religious traditions especially? Why are some of them appropriated and not others? Does their popularization entail their transformation and, if so, which ones? H ... More

Keywords: sociologists of religion, exoticism, bricolage, kabbalah, neo-Hindu, cross-national, picking and mixing, eclecticism, availability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199997626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Véronique Altglas, author
Queen's University Belfast