Tag Archives: Hinduism

Reading Between the Lines

  By Deeksha Sivakumar There are many ways in which theorists researching religious traditions outside of our own particular areas of expertise can help us investigate our own scholarship. Last year I encountered the work of Daniel Boyarin who writes … Continue reading

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An Unsettled Discipline: Reflections and Suggestions in the Study of Religion

By Philip L. Tite The following is the editor’s introduction to the Bulletin for the Study of Religion 41.3 (September 2012), written by Philip Tite. In order to offer our blog readers a sense of what is appearing in the … Continue reading

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What Ales the Hindu Community… Kali-Ma Beer?

By Deeksha Sivakumar As early as next week, Burnside Brewery in Portland Oregon planned to release a spiced wheat beer, “Kali-Ma”.  Needless to say, the ‘cultural theft’ of a popular demonic form of a Hindu goddess has rubbed a number … Continue reading

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The Burden of Performance

By Deeksha Sivakumar How do I connect with the ancient world by performing in a modern world a play written many centuries ago? This past Friday, I performed the ancient playwright Bhāsa’s Karnabhāram, or “Karna’s Burden.”  Written well before the 5th Century, … Continue reading

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Indian Child-Tossing Ritual and Selective Social Outrage

By Deeksha Sivakumar Which children should we save? On the one hand, the Bagalkot baby-tossing ritual has no recorded deaths and yet receives abhorrence. Audience members tweeted and emailed NDTV that they were appalled at the State’s lack of regulation … Continue reading

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Mrugasira Fish Therapy and Religious Authority in Contemporary India

By Deeksha Sivakumar In the urban city of Hyderabad, in the Southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, there is an event that recurs every year around the time of the monsoon. Believers, religious adherents, entire families old and young, along … Continue reading

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Check Out Andrea R. Jain’s Recent Post At Religion Dispatches

“No, I Don’t Owe MY Yoga Mat to Vivekananda“

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