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Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Mark Elmore


Religion is often viewed as a universally ancient element of the human inheritance, but in the Western Himalayas the community of Himachal Pradesh discovered its religion only after India became an independent secular state. Based on extensive ethnographic and archival work, this book tells the story of this discovery and how it transformed a community's relations to its past and to its members, as well as to those outside the community. And, as the book demonstrates, Himachali religion offers a unique opportunity to reimagine relations between religion and secularity. The book shows that mode ... More

Keywords: religion, Western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, secularity, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290532
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Elmore, author

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