From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "Ideas enter our above-ground culture through the underground. I suppose that is the kind of function that the underground plays, such as it is. That it is where the dreams of our culture can ferment and strange notions can play themselves out unrestricted. And sooner or later those ideas will percolate through into the broad mass awareness of the broad mass of the populace. Occulture, you know, that seems to be perhaps the last revolutionary bastion." -- Alan Moore
Occulture is a portmanteau of the words "occult" and "culture" and is typically used to describe the many overlapping subcultures made up of those who study the occult, alternative religion, magick, consciousness exploration and Fortean phenomena, and the paranormal. In a broader sense, occulture may be simply understood as the hidden side of culture.
Most commonly within pop culture the term was widely believed to have stemmed from Genesis P-Orridge who is said to have coined the term. Later a festival sprang up in Brighton entitled Occulture which later became the worlds largest occult festival, ironically one which Genesis failed to turn up to.