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By Prema Kurien

ISBN-10: 0813540550

ISBN-13: 9780813540559

Multiculturalism within the usa is often lauded as a favorable social perfect celebrating the range of our kingdom. yet, actually, immigrants frequently think harassed to create a novel formula in their id that doesn't mirror the variety of cultures that exist of their native land. Hindu american citizens have confronted this problem during the last fifteen years, because the variety of Indians that experience immigrated to this kingdom has greater than doubled. In ''A position on the Multicultural Table'', Prema A. Kurien indicates how a variety of Hindu American corporations - non secular, cultural, and political - try to respond to the complicated questions of id open air their fatherland. Drawing at the reports of either immigrant and American-born Hindu americans, Kurien demonstrates how non secular principles and practices are being imported, exported, and reshaped within the strategy. the results of this transnational circulate is an American Hinduism - an prepared, politicized, and standardized model of that that is present in India. this primary in-depth examine Hinduism within the usa and the Hindu Indian American group is helping readers to appreciate the non-public devotions, practices, and ideology of Hindu Indian americans in addition to their political mobilization and activism. It explains the diversities among immigrant and American-born Hindu american citizens, how either comprehend their faith and their id, and it emphasizes the significance of the social and cultural context of the USA in influencing the advance of an American Hinduism.

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According to a decade-long survey on the “People of India” conducted by the Anthropological Survey of India, only about 20 percent were vegetarians. The survey found that in many states like West Bengal, Bihar, and Kashmir, even Brahmins were nonvegetarian, eating fish and sometimes chicken (L. K. Jha 1997). The axis of purity and pollution is superimposed on and reinforces the concept of gunas. qxd 34 4/20/07 12:22 PM Page 34 popular hinduism ritually cleansed themselves from bodily pollution (by a bath or other prescribed ablutions) or who have occupations that bring them into regular contact with sources of pollution.

Qxd 4/20/07 12:22 PM Page 35 hinduism in india 35 or shakti. Uncontrolled female sexuality is therefore considered to be particularly threatening to men. Although both men and women have their share of shakti (power), women are supposed to embody shakti, or the energizing principle of the universe. For this reason, female sexuality is considered to be particularly powerful but also particularly dangerous, when not suitably controlled. Because of their unreleased sexuality, single goddesses are considered to be very hot.

Qxd 4/20/07 12:22 PM hinduism in india Page 29 29 51, cited in Bryant 2001, 18). Other eminent European figures such as Voltaire and Friedrich von Schlegel also argued that India was the homeland of the human race and therefore the cradle of European civilization (Bryant 2001, 18–19). Friedrich Max Müller was a German scholar who studied Sanskrit and then became a professor at Oxford from 1846 to the end of his life in 1900. , 1875–1900). He was the most celebrated scholar of Sanskrit and of Hindu texts during the Victorian period, and his work was enormously influential in his day.

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