The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York: Breaking Convention and Making Home at a North American Hindu Temple / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $34.93
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 16%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (3) from $34.93   
  • New (2) from $34.93   
  • Used (1) from $88.99   

Overview


Corinne Dempsey profiles an unusual South Indian temple community in Rush, New York, outside Rochester. The temple, established by a charismatic non-Brahman Sri Lankan Tamil, stands out for its combination of orthodox ritual meticulousness and socioreligious iconoclasm. The vitality with which devotees participate in ritual themselves and their ready access to the deities contrasts sharply with ritual activities at most North American Hindu Temples, where (following the usual Indian custom) ritual is performed only by priests and access to the highly sanctified divine images is closely guarded. Drawing on several years of contact with the guru and his followers, Dempsey uses the Rush temple's surprising success to analyze the distinctive dynamics of diaspora Hinduism, including issues of gender and caste, ethnic community, and spiritual enthusiasm.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Highly recommended." —Choice

"Dempsey's study of an unconventional, but successful, Hindu temple community in upstate New York reveals important dynamics of diaspora Hinduism. These include issues of gender and caste, ethnic community, and spiritual enthusiasm — the last of which, especially, has been little treated in current studies of the South Asian diaspora. Just as important, by demonstrating vividly both the logic of tantric ritual and the power devotees see in it, Dempsey offers important insights into Hindu tradition generally. Her engaging writing, together with the perceptive questions she raises, should make her book one that will absorb students and scholars alike."—Daniel Gold, author of Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion: Modern Fascinations

"Corinne Dempsey's study of the Rush Temple in Rochester, New York makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the fluidity of modern religious life amongst dispora Hindus. For the scholar of religion, the book is full of interesting and illuminating examples of rituals, beliefs, and temple practices that make the Rush Temple unique and an important case study."—Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

"Dempsey illuminates how this particular congregation negotiates domestic and foreign sensibilities, religious and scientific worldviews, and intergenerational expectations. Her historic, comparative, and self-reflexive insights help locate this temple not only in the history of Hinduism but in contemporary North American religiosity and religious studies more generally." —Journal of Religion

"The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York provides an engaging and accessible portrait of a thriving Hindu temple in Rush, New York, foregrounding the ethos of its charismatic founder through a thoughtful discussion of key topics. ...[A] fine study." —Journal of Asian Studies

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195187304
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,317,085
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Corinne G. Dempsey is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Her first book, Kerala Christian Sainthood: Collisions of Culture and Worldview in South India (OUP, 2001), won the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies award for best monograph in Hindu-Christian studies, 2000-2002.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction : a temple trip 3
Pt. I Encounters with divinity : ritual power and miracles
1 Temple entryways 15
2 Perspectives on ritual power : the cost, science, and grace of divinity 33
3 Visions and versions of the miraculous 57
Pt. II The work of a guru : bridge building and boundary breaking
4 Maverick guru with a cause 83
5 The changing faces of temple worship : the young, the women, and the rest 105
6 A fine balance : the give and take of religious discipline 129
Pt. III Temple inhabitants : making home in a world of impermanence
7 Grounding the sacred : traveling deities and sanctified terrain 149
8 Expanding turf for racial and religious others 169
9 Making home at the Sri Rajarajeswari pitham 191
Conclusion : a good place to start 209
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)