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The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism and Society in India / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies
The Camphor Flame is a book to read from cover to cover. . . .[A]n impressive and valuable book.
— Kathleen M. Erndl
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
[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 Asian Studies - Kathleen M. Erndl
The Camphor Flame is a book to read from cover to cover. . . .[A]n impressive and valuable book.
Journal of the American Academy of Religion - William S. Sax
[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.
From the Publisher
"The Camphor Flame is a book to read from cover to cover. . . .[A]n impressive and valuable book."—Kathleen M. Erndl, Journal of Asian Studies

"[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

Journal of Asian Studies
The Camphor Flame is a book to read from cover to cover. . . .[A]n impressive and valuable book.
— Kathleen M. Erndl
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691120485
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,249,147
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

C. J. Fuller is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His books include "Servants of the Goddess" (Cambridge) and "The Renewal of the Priesthood" (Princeton).
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Popular Hinduism and Indian society 3
Ch. 2 Gods and Goddesses 29
Ch. 3 Worship 57
Ch. 4 Sacrifice 83
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
Ch. 9 Pilgrimage 204
Ch. 10 Misfortune 224
Ch. 11 Conclusion 253
Afterword : popular Hinduism and Hindu nationalism 262
App The Hindu calendar 291
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