popular culture

The Interaction of Family and Religious Values in the World of “Supernatural”

The article considers the concept of “supernatural” in the cult television series of the same name, which is a representative example of modern mass culture. The authors consider its structural characteristics and analyze in detail the two closely related value-practical structures: the concept of the family and the relationship with the supernatural. They find in the series an archaic concept of the family as a blood brotherhood opposing the outside world.

Messiah in Depression: Religion, Science-Fiction and Postmodernism in Neon Genesis Evangelion

The article explores the anime-series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (1995–1996). The work is considered as a cultural product within the science-fiction tradition of the second half of the twentieth century. It is shown that the complexity of the series consists in how it weaves elements of Shinto and Abrahamic religions as equally relevant. Through the use of religious topics, the science fiction work acquires inner cognitive logic.

Hyper-Real Religion, Lovecraft and the Cult of The Evil Dead

Hyper-Real Religion, Lovecraft and the Cult of The Evil Dead The article deals with the media franchise “The Evil Dead” in the context of new religiousity. The author addresses the reasons of the increasing reputation of the franchise as an important phenomenon of popular culture which grew out from a low-budget independent film. This fame cannot be explained only by the fact that it has become a transmedia phenomenon (musical, theater, video games, comics, remake, TV series, etc.).

The New Age of Kabbalah. Contemporary Kabbalah, New Age and Postmodern Spirituality