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By Joscelyn Godwin

A consultant to the outstanding crop of prophets, cults, and utopian groups that arose in Upstate long island from 1776 to 1914.

From 1776 to 1914, an awesome number of prophets, mediums, sects, cults, utopian groups, and religious leaders arose in Upstate manhattan. besides the simplest identified of those, resembling the Shakers, Mormons, and Spiritualists, this publication explores greater than 40 different religious leaders or teams, a few of them almost unknown, yet them all interesting. the writer uncovers universal threads that represent those homegrown spiritualities, together with roots in Western esoteric traditions, liberation from the mental pressures of dogmatic Christianity, a preoccupation with intercourse, and involvement within the radical reform pursuits of the day. as well as maps and images of surviving structures and monuments, the e-book additionally contains a gazetteer of web sites directory one hundred fifty destinations hooked up to those teams, that may be used as a beneficial shuttle consultant to the region.

“The dean of other non secular heritage produces one in every of his principal and such a lot considerate works in Upstate Cauldron. This ebook is greater than a cauldron: it's a melting pot into which Joscelyn Godwin blends the diffuse and complicated spiritual routine that when converged in Upstate ny to teach how we turned a contemporary civilization indelibly stamped by means of the adventure of religious outsiders. this can be either perfect historical past and a ebook of wonders in uncovering misplaced fragments of our international. Throw away your highlighter—because you won’t understand the place to stop.” — Mitch Horowitz, writer of Occult the United States: White condominium Séances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the key Mystic background of Our Nation

“Joscelyn Godwin has written a publication that's very tricky to place down, introducing us to the main extraordinary and unique participants. He tells the tale of a little-known ancient bankruptcy of the realm with perception and nice liveliness. because the writer myself of a part dozen books approximately Upstate big apple, i discovered this publication impossible to resist and absorbing.” — Chuck D’Imperio, writer of Unknown Museums of Upstate ny: A advisor to 50 Treasures

“Destined to develop into the definitive publication on eccentric faith during this geographical quarter, this can be a interesting account of surprising and creative spiritual figures and hobbies. Sure-handed, even-tempered, and wry, Joscelyn Godwin is the precise consultant, and his booklet is person who all readers may want to have in hand as they discover this traditionally wealthy and demanding quarter. What’s extra, it really is a massive ebook for knowing an integral part of yank spiritual history.” — Arthur Versluis, writer of American experts: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion

Joscelyn Godwin is Professor of track at Colgate collage. He has written many books on track, mysticism, and Western esoteric traditions.

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