INSTRUCTIONS: Based on the content of the required readings of the courses 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (13 total required readings and the names are below and cane be found on google), write a 4200-word essay that describes and discusses the social dimensions of the religious practices of popular Hinduism. Your essay must include an introduction and conclusion as well as thematic subtitles/subheadings (important!).
******INTEXT citations are a MUST. The essay should ONLY use information from the required readings and NO outside research. EACH of the 13 sources are to be used with respect to their page numbers (if mentioned). IF a direct quotation is used, please incorporate it in the intext citation).******
References to the required readings Knowledge of the basic concepts Understanding of the main theories Quality of the discussion developed in the essay Organization Clarity Originality
Boisvert, Mathieu. 2017. “Ritual Kinship among Hindu Pilgrimage Priests of Allahabad.” Anthropologica59 (2): 310–21.
Vadakkiniyil, Dinesan. 2019. “Mahishi’s Rage: Communitas and Protest at Sabarimala, Kerala.” Anthropology Today 35 (5): 16–20.
Fuller, C. J. 2004. “Chapter 9 : Pilgrimage.” In The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism and Society in India – Revised and Expanded Edition, 204-223. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Srinivas, Tulasi. 2018. “Chapter One : Adventures in Modern Dwelling.” In The Cow in the Elevator: An Anthropology of Wonder, 34-57. Durham: Duke University press.
Rao, Ursula. 2006. “Ritual and Society.” In Theorizing Rituals, edited by Jens Kreinath, Jan Snoek, and Michael Stausberg, 143-160.
Studies in the History of Religions 114. Leiden; Boston: Brill.Arumugam, Indira. 2015. “‘The Old Gods Are Losing Power!’: Theologies of Power and Rituals of Productivity in a Tamil Nadu Village.” Mod. Asian Stud. Modern Asian Studies 49 (3): 753–86
Deliège, Robert. 2011. “Caste, Class, and Untouchability.” In A Companion to the Anthropology of India, edited by Isabelle Clark-Decès, 45-61.
Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.Gupta, Dipankar. 2005. “Caste and Politics: Identity over System.” Annual Review of Anthropology 34: 409–27.
Srinivas, Tulasi. 2018. “Introduction. Wonder, Creativity, and Ethical Life in Bangalore.” In The Cow in the Elevator: An Anthropology of Wonder, 1-33.
Durham: Duke University press.Parry, Jonathan. 1981. “Death and Cosmogony in Kashi.” Contributions to Indian Sociology 15 (1–2): 337–65.
Fuller, C. J. 2004. “Chapter 3 : Worship.” In The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism and Society in India –Revised and Expanded Edition, 57-82. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Flueckiger, Joyce. 2015. “Loving and Serving God : Bhakti, Murtis, and Puja.” In Everyday Hinduism, 73-96.
Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.Flueckiger, Joyce. 2015. “Vrats: Ritual Vows and Women’s Auspiciousness.” In Everyday Hinduism, 145-168. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell
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