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The occultural significance of The Da Vinci Code

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The popularity of books such as The Da Vinci Code is interesting in that it would seem to support surveys indicating at least a general level of public interest in the spiritual and the paranormal. More specifically, an analysis of the dominant ideas articulated in The Da Vinci Code suggests that it is a book reflecting key themes within western occulture which have become central to the shift from religion to spirituality in western societies: the sacralization of the self; the turn from transcendence to immanence; the emergence of the sacred feminine; the focus on nature and the premodern; and a conspiracist suspicion of the prevailing order and dominant institutions, particularly the Church.

Keywords: Da Vinci Code; mediatization; occulture; re-enchantment; sacralization; spirituality

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Lancaster University; University of Chester, UK.

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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