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Entre reliance et syncrétisme : le cas de l'imaginaire psychédélique

Abstract : This thesis deals with a form of this imaginary: psychedelia. Gilbert Durand defines the imaginary as : « the constant exchance that exists at the imaginary level’s between the subjective and assimilative drives and the objective summonses emanating from the cosmic and social middle » (Durand, 1960, p38). Thus psychedelic imaginary is considered as the place of reliance of humanity. Understanding reliance is analyzing the dynamic modes that sometimes creates loose ties in our post-modern society. This concept mingled with psychedelic imaginary has opened the gateway to perceiving a hippie mystic. By integrated codes and other forms of culture, inside the psychedelic movement, the western youth assimilated spiritual and mystic ideas, structured in a syncretic thought.With its sometimes celestial or diabolical power, it was “at the center of cultural turning points in the late sixties, it also allegedly started the psychedelic revolution and took on the spiritual topic” (Jezo-Vannier, 2012, p.8). It is thanks to rock and psychedelic rock that our society built what Morin calls the “star-system”. Edgar Morin’s approach on the star-system shows us that religion has not disappeared like Gilles Deleuze had predicted. Psychedelic rock and its history contributed to shape part of this post-modern religiosity.This modern construction of deities allows us to fully enter into the theoretical dimension of this thesis. It is in the heart of the star-system and the psychedelic imaginary that is showed “the links between our ordinary perception of the world and the one that we sometimes have, and that mysticism constantly possesses, of the ultimate reality and the divine”. (Huxley, 1954, p.9).Can we perceive in psychedelic music a sign of reliance? In what sense is it at the beginning of psychedelic syncretism? Why?
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Xavier Guicherd Delannaz. Entre reliance et syncrétisme : le cas de l'imaginaire psychédélique. Littératures. Université Grenoble Alpes, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016GREAL011⟩. ⟨tel-01690101⟩

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