By Prema Kurien

ISBN-10: 0813540550

ISBN-13: 9780813540559

Multiculturalism within the usa is often lauded as a favorable social perfect celebrating the range of our country. yet, in fact, immigrants frequently think confused to create a unique formula in their id that doesn't replicate the variety of cultures that exist of their place of origin. Hindu american citizens have confronted this problem during the last fifteen years, because the variety of Indians that experience immigrated to this state has greater than doubled. In ''A position on the Multicultural Table'', Prema A. Kurien exhibits how quite a few Hindu American enterprises - spiritual, cultural, and political - are trying to respond to the perplexing questions of identification open air their place of origin. Drawing at the reports of either immigrant and American-born Hindu american citizens, Kurien demonstrates how spiritual principles and practices are being imported, exported, and reshaped within the approach. the results of this transnational flow is an American Hinduism - an geared up, politicized, and standardized model of that that's present in India. this primary in-depth examine Hinduism within the usa and the Hindu Indian American neighborhood is helping readers to appreciate the non-public devotions, practices, and ideology of Hindu Indian americans in addition to their political mobilization and activism. It explains the diversities among immigrant and American-born Hindu american citizens, how either comprehend their faith and their identification, and it emphasizes the significance of the social and cultural context of the USA in influencing the improvement of an American Hinduism.

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The Upanishads also discuss techniques of yoga and some of the magic powers obtained by the yogi. E. ) It is in the period of classical Hinduism that the codification of Hindu dharma took place. qxd 24 4/20/07 12:22 PM Page 24 popular hinduism revealed, in distinction to the later literature, which was described as smriti— historical texts that were remembered or passed down. Allegiance to the Vedas became the touchstone of orthodox Hinduism, in opposition to newly formed sects like Buddhism and Jainism, which rejected the authority of the Vedas and were therefore treated as heterodox (Hiltebeitel 1987, 342; Weightman 1997, 262).

This theme is further expanded in chapters 8 and 9, which detail some of the issues around which Hindu American leaders have mobilized. The conventional historiography of India and of Hinduism is a hot-button issue that has become a central focus of Hindu umbrella organizations both in India and in the United States. Practically everything about the history of India is now contested by spokespersons for Hindu groups, and their critiques are disseminated widely within Hindu communities in the United States and around the world through the Internet.

Itihasa is the collective name for the two great epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, which were composed in the classical period, although they referred to events that took place much earlier. ” The epics contain characters who are humans as well as characters who are gods and demons, so it is unlikely that all of the incidents took place as described. But it is possible that some of the characters and events referred to real people and occurrences, and that the stories were subsequently embellished and elaborated.

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