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The Life of Hinduism$
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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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· The Experience

· The Experience

Approaching God

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(p.33) I · The Experience
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The Life of Hinduism
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John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0002

This chapter begins with the act of worship itself—the sort of action that constitutes the core of Hindu ritual life, introducing the general vocabulary of Hindu worship by following an observant Brahmin out the door as he begins his day as a computer repairman somewhere in Tamil Nadu. The discussion uses the occasion to speak about vows (vrata), acts of praise and service to the gods (puja), offerings of fire and light (arati), and the food that is exchanged between human beings and divinities (prasada).

Keywords:   Hindu ritual life, worship, Brahmin, Tamil Nadu, vows, praise, offering

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