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65 per cent of Londoners have had a religious, spiritual, ecstatic, sacred, paranormal or mystical experience



Type of spiritual experience


A description of the experience

Near death experiences - Ornella Corazza

This Study was carried out at the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS, University of London. Olga Pupynin and Simon Brodbeck carried out an original piece of research called 'Religious Experience in London'.

They asked passers-by in Tralalgar Square, 'What kind of things have made you feel most sublime?' They collected a wide range of replies ranging from 'being in love', to the beauty of nature', to knowing 'God was present'.

Then the participants were asked: 'Have you ever had an experience which you could categorize as sacred, religious, spiritual, ecstatic, paranormal, or mystical?'

The researchers were amazed to find out that 65 per cent of those interviewed had had an experience, which could be defined 'as religious, spiritual, ecstatic, sacred, paranormal or mystical' (Pupynin and Brodbeck 2001).

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans