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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan


This book presents Hinduism as a vibrant, truly “lived” religion. Celebrating the diversity for which Hinduism is known, it begins its journey in the “new India” of Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley, where global connections and local traditions rub shoulders daily. Readers are then offered a glimpse into the multifaceted world of Hindu worship, life-cycle rites, festivals, performances, gurus, and castes. The book's final sections deal with the Hinduism that is emerging in diasporic North America and with issues of identity which face Hindus in India and around the world: militancy versus tol ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, new India, Bangalore, Silicon Valley, global connections, local traditions, life-cycle rites, gurus, castes, militancy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Stratton Hawley, editor

Vasudha Narayanan, editor

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· Introduction

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Part I · Worship

I · The Experience

Stephen P.Huyler

2 · The Deity

Diana L. Eck

3 · The Miraculous

Shrivatsa Goswami and Margaret H. Case

Part II " The Life Cycle

4 • Marriage

Doranne Jacobson

5 • Death beyond Death

Agehananda Bharati

Part III • Festival

6 • Divali

Om Lata Bahadur

7 • Holi

Mckim Marriott

Part IV • Performance

9 • A Ramayana on Air

Philip Lutgendorf

10 • Possession by Durga

Kathleen M. Erndl

Part V • Gurus

11 • Anandamayi Ma

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

12 • Radhasoami

Sudhir Kakar

Part VI. Caste

13 • A Dalit Poet-saint

John Stratton Hawley, with Mark Juergensmeyer

14 • A Brahmin Woman

Lalitambika Antarjanam

Part VII. Diaspora

15 • Hinduism in Pittsburgh

Vasudha Narayanan

16 • A Diasporic Hindu Creed

Sitansu S. Chakravarti

Part VIII • Inentity

17 • Militant Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

18 • Tolerant Hinduism

Vasudha Narayanan

19 • Hinduism for Hindus

Shrinivas Tilak

20 • Hinduism with Others

LaurieL.Patton and Chakravarthi Ram-prasad, with Kala Acharya

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