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  • Between real and virtual communities: Sufism in Western societies and the Naqshbandi Haqqani case.
    Piraino, Francesco (2016)
    Social Compass 63:1: 93-108.

    For most Sufi order members in the West, the internet provides a space for affirmation, not live mysticism. For some Naqshbandi disciples, it is also a space for practicing religion through rituals, prayer requests, initiation, & religious experiences.

    Associated Search Terms: Prayer; Mysticism; Ritual; Experience; Initiation; Internet; Islam, Sufi
  • A Year in White: Cultural Newcomers to Lukumi and Santería in the United States.
    Carr, C. Lynn (2015)
    New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

    Interview & participant observation study of the 53-week process of entering the Santería priesthood, which includes wearing white clothing exclusively.

    Associated Search Terms: Initiation; Participant observation; Santeria, U.S.A.; Clergy
  • Becoming Catholic. Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape.
    Yamane, David (2014)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    Based on 2002 participant observation in 6 parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, supplemented by surveys and interviews.

    Associated Search Terms: Familism; Initiation; Parish; Participant observation; Stratification; United States, Indiana, Fort Wayne; United States, Indiana, South Bend; Individualism; Catholic, U.S.A.; Education; Conversion
  • Initiation Rites in the Contemporary Catholic Church: What Difference Do They Make?
    Yamane, David (2012)
    Review of Religious Research 54:4: 401-420.

    Analyzes 2001-02 before & after survey data on 167 individuals in R.C.I.A. programs at 32 parishes in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic diocese. The program can enhance ecclesiastical involvement & spiritual practices.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; United States, Indiana, South Bend; United States, Indiana, Fort Wayne; Spirituality; Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults; Practice
  • The religious feast of Sant'Agatha: A modern initiation rite in Catania.
    DiGiovanni, Elisabetta (2007)
    In J. Fikfak and G. Barna (eds.) Senses and Religion. Liubljana: Zalozba, pp. 177-184.

    Associated Search Terms: Feast; Initiation; Italy, Catania
  • Spiritual gatekeepers: Time and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
    McCallion, Michael J., and David R. Maines (2002)
    Symbolic Interaction 25: 289-746.

    Associated Search Terms: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults; Catholic
  • Quasi-religious and Cultural Movements: Contemporary Witchcraft as a Churchless Religion.
    Neitz, Mary Jo (1994)
    In Arthur L. Greil and Thomas Robbins (eds.) Religion and the Social Order. Volume 4 Between Sacred and Secular: Research and Theory on Quasi-Religion. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, pp. 127-149.

    Examines meanings of initiation & problems created by low levels of structure in Wicca.

    Associated Search Terms: Quasi-religion; Organization; Witch; Initiation
  • Saving the Earth: The History of a Middle-Class Millenarian Movement.
    Gelber, Steven M., and Martin L. Cook (1990)
    Berkeley: University of California Press.

    Social history of a 20th century North American movement, Creative Initiation, also known as New Religion of the Third Age. It evolved into a secular group, Beyond War.

    Associated Search Terms: Creative Initiative; New religions
  • Les rites d'initiation dans le Vodou haïtien.
    Métraux, Alfred (1955)
    Tribus (Linden Museum, Stuttgart) n.s. 4:5: 177-198.

    Associated Search Terms: Voodoo, Haiti; Ritual; Haiti; Initiation
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