Playing Host to Deity: Festival Religion in the South Indian Tradition by Paul Younger - PDF and EPUB eBook

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The annual festivals that are central to the south Indian religious tradition are among the largest religious gatherings found...

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Exact title of the book
Playing Host to Deity: Festival Religion in the South Indian Tradition
Book author
Paul Younger
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
200 pages
Language
English
Published
November 29th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
File size (in PDF)
800 kB
Playing Host to Deity: Festival Religion in the South Indian Tradition

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The annual festivals that are central to the south Indian religious tradition are among the largest religious gatherings found anywhere in the world. Most are located at Hindu temples, but some are at Buddhist, Christian, or Islamic centers, and many involve people or symbols from more than one religious tradition. To an observer, the activities of a festival may seem chaotic, but the participants consider the activities the ritual focus of a distinct religious experience, and frequently testify that it is in the activity of a festival that they find their most profound sense of religious meaning.

Here, Younger offers a fieldwork-based study of fourteen different religious festivals, shedding light on not only their religious, but also their social and political meanings.