Alternative Archaeology and New Age Traditionalism in Contemporary Russia

  • Andrei Tiukhtiaev Independent researcher

Abstract

This article examines how esoteric traditionalism in contemporary Russia searches for legitimisation using alternative archaeology. Although New Age spirituality is often considered a private religion, some of its manifestations have a significant impact on the public sphere. The author demonstrates that the New Age in Russia contributes to redefining of categories of religion, science, and cultural heritage through the construction of sacred sites and discursive opposition to academic knowledge. The research is based on analysis of media products that present esoteric interpretations of archaeological sites in southern Russia and ethnographic data collected in a pilgrimage to the dolmens of the Krasnodar region.
Published
2021-12-06
How to Cite
TIUKHTIAEV, Andrei. Alternative Archaeology and New Age Traditionalism in Contemporary Russia. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 2, p. 63–73, dec. 2021. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <https://jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/370>. Date accessed: 01 dec. 2022.