ABSTRACT

In the video of a Faithless live performance of the song “God is a DJ”, the camera pans out over a mass of dancing humanity and Maxi Jazz sings: “is is my church, this is where I heal my hurts” (Faithless 2010). e argument of this chapter is that, for Pagans in Australia, dancing to the music of Pagan bands creates both a sense of individual transformation (hurts are healed), and a spiritual community (perhaps not a church, but a collective with church-like functions nonetheless). Pike makes the same two points in her comment about Pagan festivals: “Festivals are an arena for self-creation as well as a space for making community” (Pike 2001: 155).