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Spirituality and the StateManaging Nature and Experience in America's National Parks$
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Kerry Mitchell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479886418

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479886418.001.0001

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Muir Woods

Muir Woods

The Living Cathedral

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Spirituality and the State

Kerry Mitchell

NYU Press

This chapter examines the religious and spiritual significance visitors ascribe to Muir Woods. The chapter focuses on park management as it enables an aesthetic experience that his highly infused with religiosity. This dynamic allows visitors to create individualized religious experiences that converge with universal values of peace, harmony, and collective good. The religiously-infused environment cultivated by Park Service supports particular land management policies, as well as international political cooperation.

Keywords:   Muir Woods, religiosity, park management, land management, Park Service

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