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The Visionary State

The Visionary State

A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape

By Erik Davis,Photographs by Michael Rauner


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With a rich cultural history and Hollywood stars publicly attesting to a wide range of faiths, it's no surprise that California's spiritual landscape is as diverse as its natural surroundings. The Visionary State weaves text and image into a compelling narrative of religion, architecture, and consciousness in California, from neopaganism to televangelism, UFO cults to austere Zen Buddhism. Acclaimed culture critic Erik Davis brings together the immigrant and homegrown religious influences that have been part of the region's character from its earliest days, drawing connections between seemingly unlike traditions and celebrating the diversity of California's spiritual composition. Michael Rauner's evocative photographs depict the sites and structures where these traditions have taken root and flourished. The Visionary State is a landmark look at what is likely the most varied locale for religious activity anywhere.

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Size: 9-5/8 x 9-5/8 in;
Pages: 272 pp;
160 color photographs
Format: Hardcover
Publication: June 2006
ISBN: 9780811848350
ISBN10: 811848353
Erik Davis's books include Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information. Much of his work can be accessed at He lives in San Francisco.

Michael Rauner is a San Franciscobased photographer and installation artist whose works reside in numerous collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.