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Anthropology of Religion: Hindu Tradition

Constructing and Deconstructing the Bonds of Modern Guruship in the Cult of Sai Baba

Constructing and Deconstructing the Bonds of Modern Guruship in the Cult of Sai Baba

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Taking a structuralist approach, I will show how the guru produced and reproduced within a habitus of practices, phenomena and activities that serve as systems… Read more »

Maintaining the Guru’s Hegemonic Influence Over Devotees

Maintaining the Guru’s Hegemonic Influence Over Devotees

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Jeremy Morse’s (2014) article on guru-bhakti, and Tulasi Srinivas’s (2010) article discussing secrecy, ambiguity, truth and power in the Sai Organization, reveal the various dynamics… Read more »

Christianity in British Colonial India and the Crystallization of Modern Hindu Religious Identities

Christianity in British Colonial India and the Crystallization of Modern Hindu Religious Identities

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As a response to evangelical Christianity, I will argue that Hindu reformers of the British Colonial period unified various beliefs and practices that were recognized… Read more »

The Dynamics of Bhakti in the Guru-Shishya Relationship

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In this essay I examine the interpersonal dynamics of guru-shishya relationship, whereby in the bhakti tradition the guru ascends to a deified status through which… Read more »

To Love Siva is to Know Siva: Reflections on Ciruttontar—the Little Devotee

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The story of Ciruttontar, the “Little Devotee”, is a Tamil account of how resolute adherence to unconditional love and unyielding devotion to Siva leads to… Read more »

A Film Critique of Robert Gardner’s Video Ethnography: Forest of Bliss

A Film Critique of Robert Gardner’s Video Ethnography: Forest of Bliss

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As a video ethnography, Robert Gardner’s Forest of Bliss presents the viewer with a rich visual context of Hindu life that is both mysterious and… Read more »