The Sacralisation of Popular Culture as Adolescent Lived Spirituality

Anastasia Apostolides

Abstract


Adolescents have sacralised popular culture genres, using these narratives to seek spirituality in their otherwise chaotic ‘reality’. Practical theology also seeks to understand how people use aspects of life outside of the Church to search for spirituality. Such aspects of life from everyday living, such using popular culture, are incorporated into people’s lives in meaningful ways that are understood as sacred experiences by some people. This article argues that adolescents need popular culture genres to be ‘sacred canopies’ or ‘safe spaces’ that they can step into and journey in search for ultimate truths and step out and live these spiritual finding in their ‘realities’. Adolescents identify with the narratives offered by these genres as they are ‘funky’ and serve as alternative sources of spirituality to institutionalised religion. 


Keywords


Popular culture, fantasy, postmodern sacred, adolescents spirituality

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