By Carla Bellamy

The violent partitioning of British India alongside spiritual traces and ongoing communalist aggression have pressured Indian electorate to take care of the idea that an particular, mounted spiritual id is prime to selfhood. nevertheless, Muslim saint shrines often called dargahs allure a religiously various variety of pilgrims. during this available and groundbreaking ethnography, Carla Bellamy lines the long term therapeutic strategies of Muslim and Hindu devotees of a fancy of dargahs in northwestern India. Drawing on pilgrims’ narratives, ritual and daily practices, archival records, and well known courses in Hindi and Urdu, Bellamy considers questions about the character of faith typically and Indian faith specifically. Grounded in tales from person lives and reports, The robust Ephemeral bargains not just a humane, hugely readable portrait of dargah tradition, but additionally new perception into notions of selfhood and non secular distinction in modern India.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place PDF

Best hinduism books

Shiva: Stories and Teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

The normal realizing of Shiva informed via tales and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

• Explains Shiva’s contradictory varieties, resembling destroyer or benefactor, and the way his shape is determined by the wishes of the devotee
• finds how Shiva’s teachings permit one to work out in the course of the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles
• Explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and together with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya

Shiva, the main historic and intricate deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in lots of contrasting lighting: destroyer and benefactor, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred textual content the Shiva Mahapurana--said to be written through Shiva himself--Vanamali selects the basic tales of Shiva, either these from his darkish wild part and people from his benevolent peaceable facet.

Vanamali discusses Shiva’s many avatars equivalent to Shambunatha and Bhola, in addition to Dakshinamurti who taught the shastras and tantras to the rishis. She explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and along with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. analyzing Shiva’s attractiveness of outsiders, Vanamali explains why ghosts and ghouls are his attendants and why his maximum devotees are demon kings, like Ravana. She comprises recognized Shiva tales comparable to the Descent of the River Ganga and Churning the Milky Ocean in addition to those who display the foundation of the competition of lighting, Diwali; his construction of the cosmic couple, or hierogamos; and the way Shiva and Parvati taught the area the secrets and techniques of Kundalini Shakti. the writer additionally attracts upon Shaivite teachings to demonstrate the variations among Western technology and Vedic technology and their causes for the origins of cognizance.

Integrating Shiva’s facets, the fierce and the peaceable, Vanamali unearths that Shiva’s shape is dependent upon the wishes of the devotee. knowing his teachings permits one to determine during the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles, for Shiva is the wielder of maya who doesn't fall below its spell. whereas Ganesha is named the remover of hindrances, Shiva is the remover of tears.

a Sanskrit Grammar for Beginners

Bankruptcy I. THE ALPHABET. § I. SANSKRIT is correctly written with the Devanragari alphabet; however the Bengali, Grantha, Telugu, and different glossy Indian alphabets are more often than not hired for writing Sanskrit of their respective provinces. Note-Devanagar( potential the Nagar( of the gods, or, almost certainly, of the Br~hmBJl9.

Frederick II: A Medieval Emperor (Oxford Paperbacks)

Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Sicily, King of Jerusalem, has, considering his demise in 1250, loved a name as the most notable monarchs within the heritage of Europe. His huge cultural tastes, his obvious tolerance of Jews and Muslims, his defiance of the papacy, and his meant target of making a brand new, secular international order make him a determine in particular beautiful to modern historians.

Destiny and Human Initiative in the Mahabharata (Mcgill Studies in the History of Religions)

Considers the questions of unfastened will within the nice India epic, the Mahabharata.

Additional info for The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place

Sample text

While I agree with this sentiment, I take it not as a conclusion but rather as my point Introduction | 19 of departure, since a simple coincidence of forms of religious expression alone cannot explain why it is that, if there is no shortage of Hindu temples, shrines, and religious professionals, so many Hindus and other nonMuslims continue to regard patronage of dargāns in particular as desirable and necessary. In subsequent chapters I will show that the ambiguity inherent in musain §ekrī’s culture and the use that all of its pilgrims make of this ambiguity— in both their own self-presentation and their interaction with others—are central elements in pilgrims’ healing processes and experiences.

Specifically, a discourse-centered approach to the study of Islam ought to address all of the following: 1) whether a discourse references Islamic names or objects; 2) whether a discourse contains stories, themes, values, or worldviews that historically have been emphasized in founding Islamic texts; 3) whether elements of foundational Islamic texts are introduced into a culture and maintained within that culture by means that have precedent in Islamic communities; and 4) whether the elements of foundational Islamic texts derive their legitimacy in a community in ways that have precedent in the Islamic tradition.

E culture I am describing is not, it is important to note, syncretism, which by definition involves the “synthesis” of elements of various traditions into a harmonious whole. Rather, I suggest that for pilgrims, the power and legitimacy of musain §ekrī derive in large part from the op- Introduction | 7 portunity it affords them to encounter others in ways that are dangerous and transgressive on the one hand, and built around shared expressions of submission, devotion, and remembrance on the other.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.01 of 5 – based on 24 votes