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Becoming Religious in a Secular Age$
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Mark Elmore

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290532

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290532.001.0001

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Religion Is a Verb

Religion Is a Verb

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(p.235) Afterword Religion Is a Verb
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Becoming Religious in a Secular Age
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Mark Elmore

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0007

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. The book's title, Becoming Religious in a Secular Age, suggests the work's primary contribution to the study of religion. As a whole, it offers a historical ontology of religion. The “becoming” at the heart of this book is a necessarily twofold process. Even as the people of Himachal Pradesh increasingly recognize themselves as becoming religious, the target of their becoming is itself becoming. This confusing, convoluted, and creative process is the historical ontology of religion, but it is important to be clear about the ends of this becoming. Becoming religious is a process without end. This book is not to be understood as the story of the struggle by which a people became religious—that they struggled until they attained a particular state. Becoming religious is that state.

Keywords:   Himachal Pradesh, Himachali religion, historical ontology, religious

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