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The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism and Society in India

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Popular Hinduism is shaped, above all, by worship of a multitude of powerful divine beings--a superabundance indicated by the proverbial total of 330 million gods and goddesses. The fluid relationship between these beings and humans is a central theme of this rich and accessible study of popular Hinduism in the context of the society of contemporary India. Lucidly organize ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published August 15th 2004 by Princeton University Press (first published April 15th 1992)
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Ellen Johnson
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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nice ethnography of religion as it is practiced mostly in the villages of India. It cleared up some misconceptions that we can get in the west learning about bits and pieces of Hinduism from yoga, theosophy, etc. Some will not like the analytical approach, but I do. For example, he explains the relationship between Vishnu/ Rama/ Krishna and Shiva, the other Great God and discusses the relative importance of the deities in ordinary life. didn't manage to finish it, but I will keep it for a refere ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
A really in-depth look at Hinduism. Too in-depth for me actually. It is really a book for academic use.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
A very workable overview of a complex subject.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really like how this book addresses the average Hindu believer.
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