30 episodes

The Nearly Numinous podcast seeks to blend the academic study of religion with real world experiences of religion, community, the supernatural, and spirituality. Tune in to hear discussions about religious history, deep dives into pop culture (such as Star Trek or sports fandoms), and spooky discussions on vampires and other supernatural mythology. We’ll be interviewing academics, various practitioners, and more!

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

The Nearly Numinous podcast seeks to blend the academic study of religion with real world experiences of religion, community, the supernatural, and spirituality. Tune in to hear discussions about religious history, deep dives into pop culture (such as Star Trek or sports fandoms), and spooky discussions on vampires and other supernatural mythology. We’ll be interviewing academics, various practitioners, and more!

    Religion, Ritual, and Reality TV

    Religion, Ritual, and Reality TV

    Do you love reality TV, or do you love to hate it? This week, Rachel is joined by two friends, Grace and Fiona, to gossip about the relationship between reality TV, ritual and religion. Using examples from The Bachelor, Love Island, and Drag Race, the trio discusses the various rituals and ceremonies that are so intrinsic to reality shows, the devoted followings they acquire, and the parables they tell.

     

    Follow Nearly Numinous on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also find transcripts and past episodes on our website – nearlynuminous.ca.

    • 37 min
    Religious Experience & Altered States of Consciousness

    Religious Experience & Altered States of Consciousness

    This week we dive head-first into different types of religious experience when it comes to consciousness. We chat ASCs, Trance, and Mysticism, while trying to understand the difference between the three types of experience. We also talk a lot about how religious experience is often branded as “crazy”, and is therefore used as an excuse to de-platform those that are religious.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    In The News: July Edition

    In The News: July Edition

    We’re back with another monthly installment of our “In The News” episode. This week, we chat about a wide range of topics including; the psychology of religion and how religion is studied in the brain, the ethics of AI, and Islamophobia in Canada.

     

    Want to read the articles we talk about?

    “Religion on the Brain” from The Scientist

    “Can Silicon Valley Find God” from The New York Times

    “Trudeau calls out federal agencies during national summit on Islamophobia” from CBC News

     

    Follow Nearly Numinous on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also find transcripts and past episodes on our website – nearlynuminous.ca.

    • 59 min
    Muslims in Canada with Faezeh Izadi

    Muslims in Canada with Faezeh Izadi

    Join Rachel and Jacqueline for a special interview with Faezeh Izadi about Muslims in Canada. Faezeh is an International Ph.D. student of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, originally from Iran. She got her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, but after two years of engineering works, Faezeh changed her path to humanities and joined the Comparative Religions and Mysticism MA program at the University of Kashan, Iran. After seven years of teaching and leadership experience in educational institutions in Iran, Faezeh decided to pursue her study abroad. She received her second master’s degree in Religious Studies from Queen’s University, Canada. Faezeh’s current research interests surround the relationship of value systems with benevolent activities. She is also interested in addressing issues related to Islam and Islamic societies through the lens of sociology of religion.

    Follow Nearly Numinous on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also find transcripts and past episodes on our website – nearlynuminous.ca.

    • 35 min
    Religion and Group Identity in The 100 (Part 2)

    Religion and Group Identity in The 100 (Part 2)

    Welcome to the 2nd episode in our series on CW’s hit show, The 100! If you haven’t listened to the first episode yet, check it out here! And if you haven’t seen Season 1 of The 100, then we recommend watching it before you dive into this episode (otherwise you’ll get a lot of spoilers).

    In this episode, we focus more on group identity and cohesion using all our fancy background and language about religion and group identity. Get ready for some 1st year University-level definitions, and also some rants about who would make the best charismatic leader.

    As always, you’ll be able to find a transcript shortly after the episode is published on our website – nearlynuminous.ca. There, you can also check out all our past episodes and learn more about us.

    • 58 min
    Yoga Beyond the Binary with Laura Chaignon

    Yoga Beyond the Binary with Laura Chaignon

    Join your hosts, Steph and Rachel, for an interview with yoga teacher and practitioner Laura Chaignon. We get deep into gender binary language in yoga (and elsewhere) and chat about the effect of the western lens on yoga, gendered language, and the importance of making yoga a safe and comfortable space for everyone.

     

    Resources Laura mentions:

    @yogaisdeadpodcast (Hosted by Tejal Patel and Jesal Parikh)

    Artist Sarah Cargill from the Tarot for the End of the World podcast,

    Yoga instructor and educator @susannabarkataki

    • 59 min

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A really relatable and entertaining episode. Dr. Ascough is extremely interesting to listen to and the hosts add their own thoughts and experiences as well as asking insightful questions. Looking forward to the next episode!

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