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New Age

1971, in reference to a modern spiritual movement, from new + age. It had been used at various times since at least the 1840s.

new age

a. 1 (context often capitalized English) Of or relating to the New Age movement. 2 Of or relating to new age music. alt. 1 (context often capitalized English) A modern spiritual and religious movement, covering a wide variety of alternative spiritual and philosophical ideas, that developed towards the end of the 20th century. 2 new age music. n. 1 (context often capitalized English) A modern spiritual and religious movement, covering a wide variety of alternative spiritual and philosophical ideas, that developed towards the end of the 20th century. 2 new age music.

New Age

The New Age is a term applied to a range of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices that developed in Western nations during the 1970s. Precise scholarly definitions of the movement differ in their emphasis, largely as a result of its highly eclectic structure. Although analytically often considered to be religious, those involved in it typically prefer the designation of "spiritual" and rarely use the term "New Age" themselves. Many scholars of the subject refer to it as the New Age movement, although others contest this term, believing that it gives a false sense of homogeneity to the phenomenon.

As a form of Western esotericism, the New Age movement drew heavily upon a number of older esoteric traditions, in particular those that emerged from the occultist current that developed in the eighteenth century. Such prominent occult influences include the work of Emanuel Swedenborg and Franz Mesmer, as well as the ideas of Spiritualism, New Thought, and the Theosophical Society. A number of mid-twentieth century influences, such as the UFO religions of the 1950s, the Counterculture of the 1960s, and the Human Potential Movement, also exerted a strong influence on the early development of the New Age movement. Although the exact origins of the movement remain contested, it is agreed that it developed in the 1970s, at which time it was centred largely in the United Kingdom. It expanded and grew largely in the 1980s and 1990s, in particular within the United States.

Despite its highly eclectic nature, a number of beliefs commonly found within the New Age movement have been identified. Theologically, the movement typically adopts a belief in a holistic form of divinity which imbues all of the universe, including human beings themselves. There is thus a strong emphasis on the spiritual authority of the self. This is accompanied by a common belief in a wide variety of semi-divine non-human entities, such as angels and masters, with whom humans can communicate, particularly through the form of channeling. Typically viewing human history as being divided into a series of distinct ages, a common New Age belief is that whereas once humanity lived in an age of great technological advancement and spiritual wisdom, it has entered a period of spiritual degeneracy, which will be remedied through the establishment of a coming Age of Aquarius, from which the movement gets its name. There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of alternative medicine, and an emphasis on a "New Age science" which seeks to unite science and spirituality.

Those involved in the New Age movement have been primarily from middle and upper-middle-class backgrounds. The degree to which New Agers are involved in the movement varied considerably, from those who adopted a number of New Age ideas and practices to those who fully embraced and dedicated their lives to it. The movement has generated criticism from established Christian organisations as well as contemporary Pagan and indigenous communities. From the 1990s onward, the movement became the subject of research by academic scholars of religious studies.

New Age (disambiguation)

New Age movement is a social and spiritual movement.

New Age may also refer to:

New Age (The Velvet Underground song)

"New Age" is the fifth song on the 1970 The Velvet Underground album Loaded. It is one of the songs that feature Doug Yule on vocals, encouraged by main singer and songwriter Lou Reed. The song also appears on 1969: The Velvet Underground Live, with Reed on vocals, singing an earlier, significantly different version of the lyrics.

In its original form, it was about Reed's girlfriend at the time, Shelley Albin, and included a possible reference to Reed's bisexuality: "It seems to be my fancy to make it with Frank and Nancy." The later, studio version is written from the point of view of a fan addressing a "fat blonde actress."

When the album was released, this song caused controversy. Reed, who had left the band a month before, stated that his original versions of " Sweet Jane", " Rock and Roll", and "New Age" were corrupted. Doug Yule, on the other hand, insists that Reed's mixes were respected.

The 1997 Fully Loaded issue of the Loaded album includes an alternate version of "New Age", subtitled "full-length version". It is about a minute longer than the LP version.

New Age (Bangladesh)

New Age is a Bangladeshi English daily newspaper. It is one of the country's most outspoken newspapers, regarded for its anti-establishment editorial policy. Nurul Kabir is the present editor. In 2004 the offices of the Newspaper were searched without a warrant by Bangladesh Police. A New Age reporter was tortured by law enforcement agency Rapid Action Battalion members.

New Age (Marlon Roudette song)

"New Age" is a song by British recording artist Marlon Roudette, released as the first single internationally from his debut studio album, Matter Fixed. The song was released as a single, initially in Germany, on July 20, 2011. After high airplay on VIVA Germany, the single charted at number one on its first week of release in German singles chart and remained at number one for 8 consecutive weeks.

It was the first single release from Roudette since his band Mattafix split, which is referenced by the album title. It has been certified Double Platinum in Germany for shipments exceeding 600,000 copies.

New Age (newspaper)

New Age was an influential leftist newspaper in Johannesburg operating from 1953 to 1962. It was formed with the co-operation of a number of left-wing groups in the area; New Age received the assets of the communist Jewish Worker's Club, which had been liquidated in 1948. The newspaper later received support from a committee of the anti- apartheid South African Students' Association.

From the start, New Age published fiction and poetry as well as journalism. The newspaper had a prize for fiction depicting the oppressions of apartheid, and introduced several important politically aware poets, most notably Keorapetse Kgositsile, who became the literary voice of the South African anti-apartheid movement while in exile in the United States.

Its journalists, such as Joe Nzingo Gqabi were aligned with the African National Congress, particularly the older generation of the ANC leadership. It was sympathetic to labour movements and to militant leftists of all stripes. New Age was shut down by the government in 1962.

New Age (Eddy Lover album)

New Age is the second album by Panamian singer-songwriter Eddy Lover. It was released on March 15, 2011. It included the hits Mas Allá Del Sol and Por Un Beso which were previously released on the EP 6 Super Hits.

Usage examples of "new age".

Following those paths would lead one to the dark side and might even usher in a new age of the Sith.

Tom found it encouraging, to think that Kendal Mint Cake was still thriving in this new age.

They began to envision a new age for Zondar, one in which they did not perpetually have to watch their backs against attacks from rival groups.

Sivdar was already down on the floor of the Primary Chamber, proudly declaring a new age of community and understanding.

If a hostile power gets to develop the olivium, we could be on the edge of a whole new age of tyranny.

Here she was, a New Age seeker faced with an exciting community and hints of an intriguing religious experience.

While she was telling me about the advantages of low-sodium rice cakes and new age music, something flashed in me and pierced.

But it is true, Sam, that they hope for a new age, one of humanity and forma together.

The background music was an eclectic mix of light classical, progressive jazz, and meditative electronics, not quite frothy enough to be libeled as New Age.