chapter  5
Techno trance tribalism in Goa: The elementary forms of nomadic spirituality
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In Romantic imaginaries, the journey to the East is a mythic ritual in which the traveler transforms herself in the process of discovering the Other, more fundamentally expressing the wish to overcome the spiritual malaises of modern civilization. The further and the longer a trip is, the more charisma it grants to the traveler. Along with the status to be enjoyed back at home, the traveler invigorates herself, even at the price of an existential exile, since such a prolonged absence fosters utter individuation. In other words, rather than a mere spatial displacement for entertainment, traveling is framed as a veritable practice of self-formation.