This website was created for my Religious Studies 2812 class, at Memorial University, a class that looks at religions presence in popular culture.
I believe that music, especially popular music, is increasingly important for younger people today. Music give anthems for youth to live by, and speak of important life themes such as love, happiness, fear, and death. Religion and pop music both try to help it's followers identify who they are and help find answers to many questions about life. This makes pop music an important means to express their religiosity and connect with others.
This website will explore the ideas of popular music and music festivals as a form of religiosity and as a religious experience for some individuals. For the purposes of this website, I will look at music and whether or not it can be considered religious. I will examine the many elements present in music festivals and how they relate to religion, and explore other themes such as the feeling of unity, bonding, and community present in religion and music festivals, as well as the ideas of drug use as a form of enhancing ones religious as well as musical experience. Finally, by showcasing some of the most popular festivals today, both in North America and the rest of the world, you can see just how huge music festivals are in today's pop culture.