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Journal of Asian StudiesThe Camphor Flame is a book to read from cover to cover. . . .[A]n impressive and valuable book.
— Kathleen M. Erndl
Popular Hinduism is shaped, above all, by worship of a multitude of powerful divine beings—a superabundance indicated by the proverbial total of 330 million gods and goddesses. The fluid relationship between these beings and humans is a central theme of this rich and accessible study of popular Hinduism in the context of the society of contemporary India. Lucidly organized and skillfully written, The Camphor Flame brings clarity to an immensely complicated subject. C. J. Fuller combines ethnographic case studies with comparative anthropological analysis and draws on textual and historical scholarship as well. The book's new afterword brings the study up-to-date by examining the relationship between popular Hinduism and contemporary Hindu nationalism.
"[A]n excellent book. . . . [M]uch anthropological research on Hinduism has emerged in recent decades, and C. J. Fuller has done an admirable job of synthesizing it for specialists and nonspecialists alike."—William S. Sax, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
|Ch. 1||Popular Hinduism and Indian society||3|
|Ch. 2||Gods and Goddesses||29|
|Ch. 5||Rituals of kingship||106|
|Ch. 6||Rituals of the village||128|
|Ch. 7||Devotionalist movements||155|
|Ch. 8||Devotionalism, goddesses, and women||182|
|Afterword : popular Hinduism and Hindu nationalism||262|
|App||The Hindu calendar||291|