Introduction: Quebec’s New Religions in Social and Historical Context

  • Susan J. PalmerEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities book series (PSNRAS)


The observant traveller, while driving through rural Quebec, will likely notice the plaster Virgins who guard the dairy farms and apple orchards. They are reverently enshrined in up-ended bathtubs and often festooned with paper flowers and Christmas lights. Slowing down to proceed along the rue principale of the next village, the traveller will pass by many brick and clapboard houses, declaring the nationalist sentiments of their residents with Quebec Libre! stickers or fleur de lys flags. Entranced by the flavour of traditional Quebec, the traveller might stop by a local dépanneur for drinks and snacks—to be confronted by posters for local yoga classes, shiatsu massage, tarot readings or meditation courses.


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  1. 1.Department of Religions and CulturesConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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