Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Modern Primitive

I recently came across a book called "The Modern Primitve", written by V.Vale and Andrea Juno. It complie a great body research materials on this new cultural movement. As nicely summarised by Steve Mizrach, the Modern primitive believe in uniting of past and future. "For them, there is no contradiction between past and future", said Mizrach, as he explains the notion of time being circle and elements of what considered 'primitive' (interconnectedness, spiritual liberation, etc) are intergrated with the sensibility of the 'modern'. The Modern Primitives are famous for their body distortion, modification and getting in trance through pain. There's a lot of Shamanism refference in their ideology (i.e. the rituals, ecstasy, invasion of the body to 'purify', to extreme accliams like Shamanism has a basis in quamtum mechanics, etc) . In this book, there are interviews with famous artists suchas Fakir Musafar, Anton Szandor LaVey and essays by the likes of David Levi Strauss and Wes Christensen. It is indeed a must read for people who interested in alternative spirituality within modern context.

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