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Everyday Hinduism, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

Everyday Hinduism, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Everyday Hinduism
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Responsibility statement
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger
Series statement
Lived religions, 1
"This new introductory textbook provides a refreshingly innovative introduction to Hinduism through an exploration of its contemporary, everyday practice"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction. The terms "Hindu," "Hinduism," and "Hindu traditions" ; Dharma : a way of life and religious tradition ; Context and multiplicity ; Ethnographic selection and chapter topics -- A note on Caste -- 1. Families of deities. The Trimurti ; Mythological and narrative families: Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, the goddess, Gramadevatas, village deities ;Temple families ; Ritual families in domestic shrines -- 2. Oral and visual narratives and theologies. Oral performance genres ; Visual narratives and theologies ; Verbal and visual together ; Where does the narrative lie? ; The Ramayana tradition performed -- 3. Loving and serving God : Bhakti, Murtis, and Puja. Bhakti, devotion ; Singing to God and the Goddess ; Worshipping deities in material form ; Narratives of God in the Murti ; The deity without form ; Modes of worshipping the Murti ; The services of Puja ; Online, cyber Puja -- 4. Temples, shrines, and pilgrimage. Temples ; Sthala Puranas ; Temple architecture ; Temple worship ; Shrines ; Pilgrimage ; Tirumala, a southern, pan-Indian, and transnational pilgrimage site ; Narshinghnath, a sub-regional pilgrimage site -- 5. Festivals. Divali : festival of lights ; Ganesha Chaturthi : domestic neighborhood, and city-wide celebrations ; Place-bound festivals : Tirupati's Gangamma Jatara -- 6. Vrats : ritual vows and women's auspiciousness. Temple Vrats ; Domestic Vrats ; Vrat Kathas : ritual narratives ; Two south Indian Vrat traditions ; Gender and Vrats -- 7. Samskaras : transformative rites of passage. Pregnancy and birth ; First-year Samskaras ; Upanayana and rituals of transition to adulthood ; Ranga Pravesham : ascending the (dance) stage ; Marriage ; Death rituals -- 8. Ritual healing, possession, and astrology. Accessing multiple healing sites ; Healing across religious boundaries ; Possession ; Astrology -- Afterword -- Glossary
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