The Experience of Hinduism: Essays on Religion in Maharashtra

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SUNY Press, 1988 - Religion - 387 pages
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This book presents multi-faceted images of religious experience in the Marathi-speaking region of India. In addition to Irawati Karve's classic, "On the Road," about her pilgrimage to Pandharpur, there are three essays by Karve that appear in English for the first time. Here is possession by gods and ghosts, an actual sermon by an inspired saint in the traditional bhajan style, and an autobiographical account of the religious nationalism of the militant R.S.S. These are engaging, true-to-life accounts of the lives of individual Hindus.

Essays and imaginative literature, a poem, and a short story interplay the ideas, concepts, personalities, practices, rituals, and deities of Hinduism in a surprisingly coherent manner.
 

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The portion on mahanubhava is very sketchy and scanty. It focuses on a isolated part of their life and practice. It's dangerours if some make generalization on basis of the reading this portion. Prof vijay ghormade.

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Dear, Maxine your collection of essay is superb. I can not imagine being born as a westner how could you comprehend all this!! You are a great soul. Shubhangi Thakur..

Contents

BoyFriend? An Essay
3
The Vow A Short Story
7
One Face of God
17
Gods Ghosts and Possession
26
Scattered Voices The Nature of God
60
A Town without a Temple An Essay
69
The Ganesh Festival in Maharashtra Some Observations
76
The God Dattatreya and the Datta Temples of Pune
95
The Last Kirtan of Gadge Baba
223
Orthodoxy and Human Rights The Story of a Clash
251
The Orthodoxy of the Mahanubhavs
264
The Birth of a Rationalist
280
Scattered Voices Refuge in the Buddha
291
Bhakti in the Modern Mode Poems and Essays
297
Glossary
323
Gods Goddesses and Religious Festivals
334

The Religion of the Dhangar Nomads
109
The Birth of a God Ram Mama of the Nandiwalas
131
On the Road A Maharashtrian Pilgrimage
142
The Gondhali Singers for the Devi
174
My Years in the RSS
190
Scattered Voices The Experience of Ritual
204
All That Is You An Essay
213
The Hindu Calendar
341
Castes
342
Contributors
345
Selected Bibliography on Religion in Maharashtra
350
Index
371
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About the author (1988)

Eleanor Zelliot is Professor of History at Carleton College. She has published extensively in the area of social and cultural history of Western India.

Maxine Berntsen received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been living in India since 1966, and in 1978 became an Indian citizen. She resides in Phaltan, Maharashtra, where she has established two schools. She is also the co-author of a six-volume book on the Marathi language.

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