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Elvis religionJoe Segen2016-12-27T22:54:04+00:00
Definition A popular term for a …phenomenon that has transcended the familiar contours of a dead celebrity–Elvis Presley–and begun to assume the dimension of a redemptive faith
Comment The central ritual of this neoreligion–whose followers are known as Elvisians is the Candlelight–Death Night ceremony which begins on the anniversary of Presley’s death 16 August 1977 at Graceland, Presley’s last home before he died from an overdose of prescription drugs.
Synonyms Cult of Elvis, cult of St Elvis, Elvis cult, Elvis worship
Reference NY Times Magazine 24/9/95, p50