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Blend of occult +‎ culture First used in Rapid Eye magazine by Simon Dwyer. Later used by Professor Christopher Partridge.


  • IPA(key): /əˈkʌlt͡ʃə(ɹ)/


occulture (uncountable)

  1. The appropriation by a subculture of occult themes (New Age, etc.) in opposition to the dominant culture.
    • 2005, Christopher Partridge, The Re-enchantment of the West, volume 2, →ISBN, page 167:
      UFO religions drink deeply from the waters of occulture, while, at the same time, seeking to reconcile their ideas with a contemporary secular and scientific worldview.
    • 2020, Mikko Välimäki, “Decadence and occulture: Oscar Parviainen’s art”, in Approaching religion, volume 11, number 1, →DOI, page 99:
      With the term occulture I refer to a diverse milieu of spirituality that formed around esoteric discourses, as character­ized by Nina Kokkinen in her disserta­tion about occulture and modern spiritual­ity in turn­ of­ the­ century Finnish art, and its three notable artists Hugo Simberg (1873–1917), Akseli Gallen­-Kallela and Pekka Halonen (1865–1933) (Kokkinen 2019: 44).
    • 2021, Parmigiani, Giovanna, “Magic and Politics: Conspirituality and COVID-19”, in Journal of the American Academy of Religion, →DOI, page 12:
      Conspirituality, in fact, helps describe some of the dynamics and one of the “contexts” in which Italian Pagan conspiracy-believing is embedded—one that, at a more general level, is characterized by what Christopher Partridge (e.g., 2004; 2005; 2014) defined as occulture.

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  1. vocative masculine singular of occultūrus