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
     
 

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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:
1,189,517
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tablesix
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Editionxi
Prefacexiii
Note on Transliterationxv
Note on Documentationxvii
Chapter 1Popular Hinduism and Indian Society3
Chapter 2Gods and Goddesses29
Chapter 3Worship57
Chapter 4Sacrifice83
Chapter 5Rituals of Kingship106
Chapter 6Rituals of the Village128
Chapter 7Devotionalist Movements155
Chapter 8Devotionalism, Goddesses, and Women182
Chapter 9Pilgrimage204
Chapter 10Misfortune224
Chapter 11Conclusion253
Afterword: Popular Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism262
AppendixThe Hindu Calendar291
Glossary295
Bibliographical Guide301
Bibliography313
Index337

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