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The Camphor Flame : Popular Hinduism and Society in India - Revised and Expanded Edition - C. J. Fuller

The Camphor Flame

Popular Hinduism and Society in India - Revised and Expanded Edition

Paperback Published: 26th July 2004
ISBN: 9780691120485
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

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"The Camphor Flame is a book to read from cover to cover...[A]n impressive and valuable book."--Kathleen M. Erndl, Journal of Asian Studies "[A]n excellent book... [M]uch anthropological research on Hinduism has emerged in recent decades, and C. J. Fuller has done an admirable job of synthesizing it for specialists and nonspecialists alike."--William S. Sax, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

List of Maps and Tablesp. ix
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Note on Transliterationp. xv
Note on Documentationp. xvii
Popular Hinduism and Indian Societyp. 3
Gods and Goddessesp. 29
Worshipp. 57
Sacrificep. 83
Rituals of Kingshipp. 106
Rituals of the Villagep. 128
Devotionalist Movementsp. 155
Devotionalism, Goddesses, and Womenp. 182
Pilgrimagep. 204
Misfortunep. 224
Conclusionp. 253
Afterword: Popular Hinduism and Hindu Nationalismp. 262
The Hindu Calendarp. 291
Glossaryp. 295
Bibliographical Guidep. 301
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780691120485
ISBN-10: 069112048X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 26th July 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised