Prema Kurien's A Place at the Multicultural Table: The Development of an PDF

By Prema Kurien

ISBN-10: 0813540550

ISBN-13: 9780813540559

Multiculturalism within the usa is often lauded as a good social excellent celebrating the range of our kingdom. yet, actually, immigrants usually suppose confused to create a novel formula in their identification that doesn't replicate the range of cultures that exist of their fatherland. Hindu american citizens have confronted this problem during the last fifteen years, because the variety of Indians that experience immigrated to this kingdom has greater than doubled. In ''A position on the Multicultural Table'', Prema A. Kurien exhibits how numerous Hindu American agencies - spiritual, cultural, and political - are trying to respond to the perplexing questions of identification outdoors their place of origin. Drawing at the reviews of either immigrant and American-born Hindu americans, Kurien demonstrates how spiritual principles and practices are being imported, exported, and reshaped within the procedure. the results of this transnational flow is an American Hinduism - an equipped, politicized, and standardized model of that that is present in India. this primary in-depth examine Hinduism within the usa and the Hindu Indian American neighborhood is helping readers to appreciate the personal devotions, practices, and ideology of Hindu Indian americans in addition to their political mobilization and activism. It explains the variations among immigrant and American-born Hindu americans, how either comprehend their faith and their id, and it emphasizes the significance of the social and cultural context of the us in influencing the improvement of an American Hinduism.

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The Ramayana tells the story of Rama, heir-apparent to Dasaratha, the king of Ayodhya. Dasaratha is forced to send his beloved son into exile in the forest for fourteen years because of an earlier promise he had made to his second wife (to grant her any two wishes). As an obedient son, Rama agrees to go without protest. He is accompanied by his loyal wife, Sita, and brother, Lakshmana. While in the forest, Sita is abducted by Ravana, the demon king of Sri Lanka. With the help of Hanuman, the monkey-general, whose army builds a bridge between India and Sri Lanka, Rama rescues Sita.

It was believed that a single mispronounced syllable could have dire consequences. Each of the other Vedas also had samhita texts that were passed down through oral tradition. Different priestly schools affiliated with each of the four Vedic collections preserved and transmitted the texts in their particular tradition. Much of Hindu philosophy and doctrines originate in the Upanishads, which are the last section of the Vedas. Thus the Upanishads are also called Vedanta, the end of the Veda. qxd 22 4/20/07 12:22 PM Page 22 popular hinduism Vaishnavism (the tradition which worships Lord Vishnu as the primary deity), Shaivism (the tradition which worships Lord Shiva), and Shaktism (those traditions that worship Devi, the mother goddess).

Women are therefore considered to be responsible for the well-being of their husbands. It is for this reason that widows are viewed as being particularly inauspicious. There is the suspicion that the death of the husband was the fault of the wife, if only indirectly, either due to the bad karma she inherited from a previous life, or because she did not practice the wifely austerities (the special fasts and rituals described below) that would have ensured his longevity. The woman as mother has a special and honored place in Hindu thought.

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