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Messengers of the Light: Angelic Spirituality in Czech Context
Tesárek, Jan ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Uherek, Zdeněk (referee)
This thesis addresses non-traditional angelic spirituality experienced outside of traditional churches. This spirituality is specific for its everyday communication and contact with angelic beings. The present research examines contemporary angelic spirituality using a lens of relational ontology and semiotic analysis, focusing on how recurrent communication acts allow the emergence of specific subjectivities and identifies the main processes behind this phenomenon - recognition, interpretation and reaction. Research documents specific techniques allowing the formation of angelic subjectivities and redefinition of human subjectivities; prayer, reading cards, guided meditation, different types of clairvoyance and interpretation of signs. Deliberately using these techniques leads to re/definition of subjectivity of a practitioner (through clairvoyant insights into the past lives) and transforms him into human/incarnated soul. These communication acts further form a subjectivity of deceased souls, with which practitioners of angelic spirituality are often in contact, together with the subjectivity of dark beings, which cannot interact with a person without invitation it first and a subjectivity of angelic beings, which are defined by their unconditional support of their charges. Emergent "ecology of...
Re-presentation of August 1968 in film production
Patová, Viktorie ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Wladyniak, Ludmila Maria (referee)
The thesis focuses on the connection between social memory and film reproduction of the past. Through selected examples of film production, the thesis explores how filmmakers dealt with the theme of August 68 and how their approach to the subject changed. The aim of the thesis is to explore "images" through which the film representation construct the events of August 68 and how they are or are not accepted by the public. Selected films for analysis were Pelíšky (1999), Anglické jahody (2008) and Jan Palach (2018). The analysis of the films was carried out by a qualitative content analysis taken from the work Cultural Memory and Film: How the Image of Postwar Displacement in Czech Film by Irena Řehořová. Film representations are explored through six categories: film form, themes and stories, the social world of film, cultural-historical memory, the seen X the unseen, the reception at the time of introduction and now. The analysis suggested that with increasing distance from the Velvet Revolution, the films began to criticize more the behaviour of Czech society during the occupation. Also, authors's declaimed aim of the work especially underwent a significant change. Another finding is that the formal components of the film used to display August 68 are primarily the toning of the image and the sound...
Place of spiritual sexuality in personal development in contemporary Czech Republic
Termerová, Tereza ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Sedláčková, Tereza (referee)
The text deals with the somatic modes of attention from the point of view of practitioners of a spiritually sexual practice in contemporary Czech Republic. The author discusses the changes in the experience, action and intentionality through the culturally constituted bodily modes of attention involved in this practice. The topic is embedded in the research of sexuality in the social sciences, sexual discourses and mainly in the phenomenological perspective and methodology of somatic modes of attention of Thomas J. Csordas (1993). The various dimensions of this bodily practice, with additional attention paid to the changes in intentionality of practitioners, are studied using qualitative research performed as a combination of field research and in-depth, biographical interviews.
Mapping of the Hibernophilic Community in Czech Republic
Papoušková, Martina ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Grygar, Jakub (referee)
in English This bachelor thesis is dedicated to the research of the current hibernophilic community in Czech Republic and the capture of its image as described by its own members. Qualitative research methods were chosen for this thesis, using in-depth interviews with six members of the community as well as participant observation. The basic theoretical framework of the thesis is composed of the theory of communities, the theory of collective memory and the globalization process of Irish culture. The informants are dancers involved in Irish dance in the Czech Republic from different Irish dance schools and dance groups. This thesis was designed to capture the characteristics of an hibernophilic community such as its origin and development, ways of meeting, sharing social memory, or the impact of the globalization process of Irish culture from the members of the community point of view.
Zero Waste lifestyle mapping
Nováková, Kristýna ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Orcígr, Václav (referee)
The work explores the perception of Zero Waste lifestyle from the perspective of people who live this lifestyle. The main aims of the research are to map the perception of Zero Waste lifestyle in terms of what the lifestyle means for informants and how they perceive it. I also deal with the motivations that these people have for their lifestyle, whether it be external or internal, and I try to map the negative or positive benefits that Zero Waste brings to the lives of its followers. The work is based on qualitative research, namely on seven interviews with people who live in the Zero Waste lifestyle, with whom I conducted semi-structured interviews. Using a thematic analysis, I have identified ten categories that characterize Zero Waste lifestyle: the pursuit of change, the conversion / change of thinking, the voluntary modesty / the fight against consumerism, the saving of money, the fashion trend, the education, the spiritual / religious aspect, the fulfillment / joy / happiness, community sharing, moral contradiction. The main findings of the research are precisely the Zero Waste lifestyle characteristic that builds on authentic information taken directly from people living in this lifestyle. My findings mainly relate to characteristics of Zero Waste, how these people perceive their lifestyle...
Contemplative Child
Špán, Adam ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Kotyk, Lukáš (referee)
1 Annotation This thesis addresses the vocation of a Trappist monk which I first encountered during an ethnographic stay in a monastery and later explored further through semi- structured interviews with the monk and his family. The entire thesis is inter-connected by a chronological narrative covering the course of my research which will guide the reader throughout the field notes and interviews in their proper order. Research alone follows the vocation of only one monk but examines it and its formation from the perspective of six family members. The analysis of the interviews made clear that the vocation of a Trappist monk formed linearly with continuous Christian guidance. This guidance had origins in his religious family and was further consolidated by Christian elementary and high school structures. His family was very supportive of his decision to lean into religious life, and while a tendency to asceticism or solitude was refuted in the interviews, it transpired that a strong positive relationship with nature was observable, in-keeping with secluded monastery life in an isolated woodland environment. This case study of a monastic vocation aims to contribute towards the investigation of religious experience and circumstance by combining ethnography and in-depth interviews. The objective is not a...
Flow Arts: Flow state as a trance practice in western societies
Mikešová, Eva ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Sedláčková, Tereza (referee)
My bachelor thesis is mainly focused on Flow Arts phenomenon and so-called flow state, which is induced by these practices. The goal is to detect not only individual experiences of flow artists, but also the processes influencing the flow state. To achieve this goal, I use the analysis of field diary and nine biographic interviews. I consider the flow state to be an altered state of consciousness and in dialogue with study of neo-shamanic practice (Horská 2017) I try to do a complex analysis of the dynamics of the flow state and the partial aspects of the flow arts practices. This analysis focuses on the key processes (learning process & automation of the body movement process) related to induction of the flow state, where consciousness plays the key role. These processes allow mastering techniques of the body (Mauss 1968) and are necessary for inducing the flow state. Therefore, the main subject of this analysis are these two key aspects of flow arts - body and physicality. Also, my analysis focuses on the structures that are formed alongside the flow arts practices. I suggest to call these structures "interest network" or "community of interest" as they represent a place to share any knowledge or skill, which is important for learning the body techniques.
Light in the palm: An anthropological study of the Reiki phenomenon
Proboštová, Jana ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Grygar, Jakub (referee)
The interest of anthropology of religion often focuses on the view of life and values of practitioners of a religion or spiritual system and the following text is put into the same context. This master thesis deals with the Reiki phenomenon - originally eastern spiritual technique that was, just like other similar philosophical-spiritual systems, spread out in America and Europe in the second half of twentieth century. Reiki has another distinct feature, besides spirituality. It is its affiliation to so called healing systems because of which I do not consider it purely spiritual system, but rather specific spiritual praxis with healing aspect that is historically connected with medical environment. I base my theory not only on anthropology of religion, but I also think in terms of medical anthropology and the theory of embodiment. Through explaining of basic Reiki principles, I am showing that the world of Reiki practitioners is to a certain extent divided. The evolution of the teaching led to many significantly different modifications and to current state, where these modifications coexist and make one single definition of the teaching very difficult. The perspective of embodiment allows me to focus more in detail on the healing praxis itself and its most important aspect - the body, which I see...
The become of pilgrim: Pilgimage as a proces of the construction of pilgim body
Picková, Tereza ; Spalová, Barbora (advisor) ; Kotyk, Lukáš (referee)
This work focuses on analysis of Europe's most massive pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, which I use as a case study to show how contemporary pilgrims understand their experience. Through the analysis of interviews with 9 other pilgrims and my own auto- ethnographic diary with a strong dose of reflexivity I want to show that pilgrimage can be understood as a process of constructing a pilgrim body. To gain such form of habitus, or in other words "to become a pilgrim", is achieved through several different strategies, such as walking, socialising, solitude, separation (from everyday life), asceticism, and others. This experience results in a form of gained habitus, or a technique of the body (Mauss 1968) which can be learnt and used in everyday life after the pilgrimage ends. Pilgrim body is then a complex skill, consisting of physical, psychical, spiritual and social dimension, each describing different aspect of the pilgrimage itself, all embodied in the physical body of a pilgrim. Through such approach I want to show, that we might understand pilgrimage as a form of physical experience with transcendental overlap, focused mainly on individual progress, but constructed together in friendly communitas of pilgrims, described by Victor Turner in his classic study (Turner 2004). Usage of these...

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