Jennifer Stover Humanities and Social Science
CAYA Coven: Pagan Eclecticism in the East Bay Area
My research focuses on CAYA Coven, an eclectic Pagan organization in San Franciscos East Bay that is dedicated to providing public rituals such as annual Sabbats and Full Moon Circles that honor seasonal and lunar cycles. CAYA means Come As You Are and emphasizes the incorporation of a diversity of Pagan traditions as well as deities from all over the world. I am interested in understanding how spiritual aptitudes and capacities are cultivated in the course of rituals and other coven related activities. Through participant observation and interviews, I will explore how engaging in ritualized practices shape attitudes, sensibilities, and the establishment of sociability and community. Through examining the function of CAYA as an institution, including aspects of ritual participation and performance, I hope to understand how a sacred space is created, how CAYAs hierarchical clergy works to create an eclectic environment, and why pluralism within the coven is valued.
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