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The Spirit of Place: Sacred Northern New Mexico


The Spirit of Place: Sacred Northern New Mexico is a lecture on Northern New Mexico which is home to a diversity of spiritual traditions: Catholic, Protestant, Eastern, Native American, New Age, and communal. Into this small geographic area of Native American practice came Catholicism, Hermano/Penitentes, Converso Jews, and Protestant missionaries.

Starting in the 1960s, as if drawn by the earth, sky, and water itself, came communities of Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and a variety of Buddhist traditions. Spiritual and social communes rapidly developed in the mountains of north-central New Mexico. This lecture reviews the many traditional and contemporary spiritual communities and ends with a focus on the reasons why so many spiritual groups have been attracted to this unique portion of New Mexico.

Ned O’Malia is a PhD in Asian religions earned from Temple University. He has widely traveled the world studying religions; but his favorite spiritual space is northern New Mexico. He is also a chef, New Mexico Fair food judge, travel writer, photographer and tour director.



Tuesday October 9th

7-9 PM

Fuller Lodge

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Hosted by the Los Alamos History Museum