Religion And Social System Of The Vira' Saiva Community

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Using original religious-philosophical texts and sociological research, the author explores the various dimensions of the Virasaiva religious tradition. His sociological analyses of the monastic organization and social structure, the family and the community, the roles of women, and the future of the community emphasize the intricate relationship between religion and the social system. This study of a largely unknown religious community demonstrates how the followers of Virasaivism, known as Lingayats, have been adapting to the changing milieu in North America while retaining the religion's core values. Dr. Chekki shows the interplay between tradition and modernity as the Virasaivas attempt to maintain a distinct identity while adopting the ways of modern culture.

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Chekki (sociology, U. of Winnipeg) offers a multitude of perspectives on the relationship between spiritual and material values among the ten million Lingayats, followers of Vira<'s>aivism, in India, some reworked essays by his father V. C. Yagati (1900-76). Under patterns of religious culture he discusses such topics as their concept of <'S>iva, the ethical bases, and theology. The social system and cultural dynamics he approaches from such dimensions as the monastic organization, codes of conduct, family and community before and after 1950, and the status and roles of women. He also looks at knowledge and intellectuals. He includes a glossary among the back matter and a guide to pronunciation among the front. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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DAN A. CHEKKI is Professor of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Patterns of Religious Culture 1
1 Virasaivism: A Prologue 3
2 Siva: The Virasaiva Concept 7
3 The Guru in the Virasaiva Religious Tradition 13
4 Ethical Bases of Virasaivism 19
5 Psychological Dimensions 25
6 Theology of Virasaivism 31
7 Virasaiva Philosophy 35
Pt. II The Social System and Cultural Dynamics 45
8 The Social Vision of Basava 47
9 The Monastic Organization 53
10 Ideology and Practice: Social Equality and Inequality 57
11 The Socio-Ethical Codes of Conduct 63
12 Family and Community, 1880-1950 69
13 Contemporary Family and Community, 1951-1996 81
14 The Status and Roles of Women 95
15 The Future of the Virasaiva Community 99
Pt. III The Community in Retrospect and Prospect 105
16 Knowledge and Society 107
17 Intellectuals and Culture 119
Notes 127
Glossary 129
References 133
Index 143
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