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Diaspora of the Gods Modern Hindu Temples in an Urban Middle-Class World

Diaspora of the Gods Modern Hindu Temples in an Urban Middle-Class World
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195156645
  • ISBN: 0195156641
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr

AUTHOR

Waghorne, Joanne Punzo

SUMMARY

Many Hindus today are urban middle-class people with religious values similar to those of their professional counterparts in America and Europe. Just as modern professionals continue to build new churches, synagogues, and now mosques, Hindus are erecting temples to their gods wherever theirwork and their lives take them. Despite the perceived exoticism of Hindu worship, the daily life-style of these avid temple patrons differs little from their suburban neighbors. Joanne Waghorne leads her readers on a journey through this new middle-class Hindu diaspora, focusing on their efforts tobuild and support places of worship. She seeks to trace the changing religious sensibilities of the middle classes as written on their temples and on the faces of their gods. She offers detailed comparisons of temples in Chennai (formerly Madras), London, and Washington, D.C., and interviews templepriests, devotees, and patrons. In the process, she illuminates the interrelationships between ritual worship and religious edifices, the rise of the modern world economy, and the ascendancy of the great middle class. The result is a comprehensive portrait of Hinduism as lived today by so many bothin India and throughout the world. Lavishly illustrated with professional photographs by Dick Waghorne, this book will appeal to art historians as well as urban anthropologists, scholars of religion, and those interested in diaspora, transnationalism, and trends in contemporary religion. It shouldbe especially appealing for course use because it introduces the modern Hinduism practiced by the friends and neighbors of students in the U.S. and Britain.Waghorne, Joanne Punzo is the author of 'Diaspora of the Gods Modern Hindu Temples in an Urban Middle-Class World', published 2004 under ISBN 9780195156645 and ISBN 0195156641.

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