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The occultural significance of The Da Vinci Code

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)107-126
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The popularity of books such as The Da Vinci Code is interesting in that it would seem to support surveys indicating at least a general level of public interest in the spiritual and the paranormal. More specifically, an analysis of the dominant ideas articulated in The Da Vinci Code suggests that it is a book reflecting key themes within western ‘occulture’ which have become central to the shift from ‘religion’ to ‘spirituality’ in western societies: the sacralization of the self; the turn from transcendence to immanence; the emergence of the sacred feminine; the focus on nature and the premodern; and a conspiracist suspicion of the prevailing order and dominant institutions, particularly the Church.