The archaic...the arcane...and fantastic...the historic...Compiled from divers sources.
Friday, September 9, 2011
A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape
California is famous for its diversity, its eccentricity, and its
prophetic influence on popular culture. Since the 19th century, the
Golden State has also been one of America’s most fertile climates for
spiritual and religious movements. Beautifully weaving together text and
image, The Visionary State is the first book to address the full story
of “California consciousness.”
from Yosemite to Esalen, from televangelism to Neopaganism, from Mormon
pioneers to contemporary Kali worshippers, acclaimed culture critic
Erik Davis weaves together the threads of California’s religious history
into an enchanting and vivid tapestry.
Rauner’s haunting iconic photographs ground the book’s many stories in
the sacred landscape and architecture of the Golden State. Together
Davis and Rauner map the peaks and faultlines that characterize the
place that is both the nexus and far frontier of American religion. Visionary State: A Journey through California's Spiritual Landscape by Erik Davis, Photographs by Michael Rauner.