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Imagined Hinduism

British Protestant missionary constructions of Hinduism, 1793-1900

by Geoffrey A. Oddie

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Published by Sage Publications in New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, Calif .
Written in English

    Places:
  • India
    • Subjects:
    • Missions, British -- India -- History -- 18th century,
    • Missions, British -- India -- History -- 19th century,
    • Protestants -- India -- History -- 18th century,
    • Protestants -- India -- History -- 19th century,
    • Protestant churches -- Relations -- Hinduism,
    • Hinduism -- Relations -- Protestant churches

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references and index.

      StatementGeoffrey A. Oddie.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsBV2420 .O33 2006
      The Physical Object
      Paginationp. cm.
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3419561M
      ISBN 100761934480, 0761934871
      LC Control Number2005036060

      Should foreigners with a tainted past and suspect motives get an unqualified right to do so? Donate to the Indian Writers' Forum, a public trust that belongs to all of us. But the demarcation was often more significant since it related both to differences in religious belief and practice as well as social status and political needs. Puran Puri was not easy to miss. The dramatic revival of religion in India has recently been the subject of The God Marketa study by Meera Nanda, who has argued that globalisation may be making India richer, and arguably more materialistic, but it is also making it more religious while at the same time making religion more political. The origins of the idea of Indian sacred geography seems to lie in India's ancient pre-Vedic religions where veneration was given to sprites known as nagas or yakshas.

      Such religious compromises were not unconnected with the brahmanical need to retain social ascendency. This form of yogic penance had not, however, stopped Puri from getting about. This was something the very first European visitors to India had encountered millennia earlier. These cults were god-centred rather than man-centred. This book challenges these interpretive paradigms.

      I to XII. Some readers might also feel that her study of India's sacred geography says too little about the sacred sites and pilgrimages of Indian Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains in its overwhelming concentration on places of Hindu worship — though to this Eck would no doubt reply with the Vedic aphorism: "Truth is one. Such religious compromises were not unconnected with the brahmanical need to retain social ascendency. They are organizationally separate, had different sets of beliefs and rituals and often disagreed on social norms.


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In the fourth century BC when Alexander the Great first marched his armies over the Pamirs and across the Indus, he arrived at the great city of Taxila, near present-day Islamabad, and questioned the holy men of the town about the land they came from.

This form of yogic penance had not, however, stopped Puri from getting about. The historical justification is far from being the sole reason for the growth of communalism, but recourse to this justification fosters the communal ideology. The consciousness of a similarity in ritual and belief in different geographical regions was not always evident.

Sharma is an IAS officer from the Bihar cadre. Simplistic generalizations may act as a temporary palliative for the anger and hurt that their writings arouse, but they neither inform nor equip us to fight back effectively.

I would like to look at those constituents of Hindu communal ideology which claim legitimacy from the past, namely, that there has always been a well-defined and historically evolved religion which we now call Hinduism and an equally clearly defined Hindu community.

The places they praise are different. It was characterized by a doctrine open to all castes and although social hierarchy was accepted it did not emphasize separate social observances but, rather, cut across caste.

However, Shrinivas Tilak writes that insider, emic, scholars must take care to avoid bias as well. BalagangadharaPandita Indrani Rampersad and others [13] which aimed to counter-analyze and refute the dominant narrative of Hindu studies. In the continuing processes of either appropriation or rejection of belief and practice, the kaleidoscopic change in the constitution of religious sects was one which precluded the emergence of a uniform, monolithic religion.

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Colonization of the land is easier to fight than colonization of the mind. With the arrival of Islam in India some drew from the ideas of Islam.

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The book became controversial and Kripal himself became deeply involved in discussing the book with Hindu critics and western scholars. It might in fact be a worthwhile exercise to reconstruct Brahmanism from the references to it in Shramanic and other non-Brahmanical sources.

But the demarcation was often more significant since it related both to differences in religious belief and practice as well as social status and political needs. Among Hindu leaders, in contrast, the notion of being 'Hindu' and of Hinduism as one 'system' had taken hold.

Issues of topical interest discussed in this book include the Imagined Hinduism book of knowledge, notions of 'religion', concepts of 'Hinduism', the Orientalism debate, and the relationship between missionaries and empire. Courtright responded that he did not see anything coming out of the Hindu criticism that was worth responding to; [8] Wendy Doniger, for her part, quickly stopped responding to Hindu complaints, and after being egged at a lecture in Britain canceled a talk in Bengal.

A particular distinction of the book is its attention not only to the major goddesses from the earliest period of Hindu religious history but also to goddesses of later origin, in many cases of regional provenance and influence. Balagangadhara also points out that "some of these 'dialogues' exacerbate violence; they do not reduce it".

Pilgrimage then becomes a link across various circumferences. The book challenges several notions of Hinduism that describe it as a uniform and monolithic tradition.

The founders of the Shramanic sects were not incarnations of deity. As Eck writes in her conclusion: "The affirmation of the everywhere of the sacred — this is the peculiar genius of the theology given expression in the landscape of India.Hinduism includes a diversity of ideas on spirituality and traditions, but has no ecclesiastical order, no unquestionable religious authorities, no governing body, no prophet(s) nor any binding holy book; Hindus can choose to be polytheistic, pantheistic, panentheistic, pandeistic, henotheistic, monotheistic, monistic, agnostic, atheistic or humanist.

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