Concerts, COVID-19 and modern Paganism: New trends in shaping religious identity?



Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description COVID-19 restriction prohibited many public activities, including music concerts in Czech Republic. Music in general and concerts in particular can be important instruments in process of strengthening and shaping religious identities. During my MA and on-going PHD research I was able to confirm this observation in Slovak and Czech context. Concerts are ideal places to meet old friends from community, to get to know new colleagues in faith and strengthen religious identity among modern Pagans from very scattered community. Pandemic surely changed the dynamics of the public religious life. But the question is – what changed in case of Czech modern Pagans? Did they start to attend the online concerts to simulate the experience of physical meetings? Or did they limit their meetings to only the most important ritual celebrations in nature? Will COVID-19 decrease the popularity of concerts because of the fear and increase the importance of small private gatherings? The paper will investigate new trends in process of shaping religious identities and will be based on data collected on concerts between years 2016-2019 and in online inquiry between Czech Pagans.
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