Upstate Cauldron (Paperback)
Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State
Excelsior Editions/State University of New Yo, 9781438455945, 386pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
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Honorable Mention, 2015 Foreword Reviews
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards in the Religion Category
Bronze Medalist, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the US Northeast-Best Regional Nonfiction Category
From 1776 to 1914, an amazing collection of prophets, mediums, sects, cults, utopian communities, and spiritual leaders arose in Upstate New York. Along with the best known of these, such as the Shakers, Mormons, and Spiritualists, this book explores more than forty other spiritual leaders or groups, some of them virtually unknown, but all of them fascinating. The author uncovers common threads that characterize these homegrown spiritualities, including roots in Western esoteric traditions, liberation from the psychological pressures of dogmatic Christianity, a preoccupation with sex, and involvement in the radical reform movements of the day. In addition to maps and photographs of surviving buildings and monuments, the book also features a gazetteer of sites listing 150 locations connected to these groups, which may be used as a helpful travel guide to the region.
About the Author
Joscelyn Godwin is Professor of Music at Colgate University. He has written many books on music, mysticism, and Western esoteric traditions.