Vernacular Religion- Cultural Politics, Community Belonging, and Personal Practice in the UK's Nepali Diaspora
|Author:||David N. Gellner and Sondra L. Hausner|
|Publisher:||Vajra Books, Nepal|
|Pages:||272 (Throughout B/w Illustrations)|
|Other Details||8.50x5.50 inch|
Does the new context in which Nepalis find themselves prevent them from following certain traditional practices (e.g. shamanism)? Does it also liberate them and enable other practices? Do the social hierarchies and historical distinctions of Nepal still matter in the UK?
How much of a gap is there between public performance and private practice? And why is the gap bigger in some cases than in others? . Faced with the inescapable imperative to act ritually (after death, for example), how do UK-based Nepalis respond to these various dilemmas? What debates are generated when UK Nepalis attempt to map the Enlightenment distinctions of culture, religion, and politics on to Inherited Nepali practices? Does the characteristic Nepali (and indeed Aslan) polytropic approach to religion have something to teach us about how religion should be approached in general?
These essays-all products of the Vernacular Religion project (2009-12), part of the AHRC's Religion and Society programme-attempt to address these questions on the basis of detailed field research. They seek to provide an introduction to the full range of religious arguments and experiences within the UK's diverse Nepali population.
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