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Author Dempsey, Corinne G.

Title The goddess lives in upstate New York : breaking convention and making home at a North American Hindu temple
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
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Contents Introduction : a temple trip -- pt. I Encounters with divinity : ritual power and miracles -- Temple entryways -- Perspectives on ritual power : the cost, science, and grace of divinity -- Visions and versions of the miraculous -- pt. II The work of a guru : bridge building and boundary breaking -- Maverick guru with a cause -- The changing faces of temple worship : the young, the women, and the rest -- A fine balance : the give and take of religious discipline -- pt. III Temple inhabitants : making home in a world of impermanence -- Grounding the sacred : traveling deities and sanctified terrain -- Expanding turf for racial and religious others -- Making home at the Sri Rajarajeswari pitham -- Conclusion : a good place to start
Summary Corinne Dempsey profiles an unusual South Indian temple community in Rush, New York, outside Rochester. The temple, established by a charismatic non-Brahman Sri Lankan Tamil, stands out for its combination of orthodox ritual meticulousness and socioreligious iconoclasm. The vitality with which devotees participate in ritual themselves and their ready access to the deities contrasts sharply with ritual activities at most North American Hindu Temples, where (following the usual Indian custom) ritual is performed only by priests and access to the highly sanctified divine images is closely guarded. Drawing on several years of contact with the guru and his followers, Dempsey uses the Rush temple's surprising success to analyze the distinctive dynamics of diaspora Hinduism, including issues of gender and caste, ethnic community, and spiritual enthusiasm
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Subject Srī Rājarājeśwarī Pītham (Rochester, N.Y.)
Rajarajeshvari (Hindu deity) -- Cult -- New York (State) -- Rochester.
Spiritual life -- Hinduism.
Form Electronic book
Author Oxford University Press.
LC no. 2005045085
ISBN 0195187296