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

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

by C. J. Fuller
     
 

ISBN-10: 069112048X

ISBN-13: 9780691120485

Pub. Date: 07/26/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691120485
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/26/2004
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
814,836
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Popular Hinduism and Indian society3
Ch. 2Gods and Goddesses29
Ch. 3Worship57
Ch. 4Sacrifice83
Ch. 5Rituals of kingship106
Ch. 6Rituals of the village128
Ch. 7Devotionalist movements155
Ch. 8Devotionalism, goddesses, and women182
Ch. 9Pilgrimage204
Ch. 10Misfortune224
Ch. 11Conclusion253
Afterword : popular Hinduism and Hindu nationalism262
AppThe Hindu calendar291

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