The paradox of self in the imagination of Goa trance: the dance-floor

Sara Constança*, Emília Simão

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter deals with the second part of the investigation concerning the experience of self in the Goa Trance dance-floor. The authors present and develop the presentation of Goa Trance parties with a general view and special emphasis on the relationship between the DJs performance and the participation of the trancers. The genre is explained wile the connections between all participants on the party or festival are explored, with regards to Goa Trance. We eventually come to the conclusion that this genre facilitates a self-conscious analyses and its subsequent non conceptual elevation towards a self which is shared in a non-egocentric experience. This investigation proposes that the DJ is not really the shaman figure that people usually assume to be but in fact this shaman figure has to be a result of the collective efforts that build the spirit of the dance-floor. In conclusion, we realize that the DJ is the one which has the responsibility to keep this level of connection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring psychedelic trance and electronic dance music in modern culture
EditorsEmília Simão, Armando Malheiro da Silva, Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781466686663
ISBN (Print)1466686650, 9781466686656
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2015


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