The Experience of Hinduism: Essays on Religion in Maharashtra

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Eleanor Zelliot, Maxine Berntsen
State University of New York Press, Feb 28, 1988 - Religion - 387 pages
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This book presents multi-faceted images of religious experience in the Marathi-speaking region of India. In addition to Irawati Karve’s classic, “On the Road,” about her pilgrimage to Pandharpur, there are three essays by Karve that appear in English for the first time. Here is possession by gods and ghosts, an actual sermon by an inspired saint in the traditional bhajan style, and an autobiographical account of the religious nationalism of the militant R.S.S. These are engaging, true-to-life accounts of the lives of individual Hindus.

Essays and imaginative literature, a poem, and a short story interplay the ideas, concepts, personalities, practices, rituals, and deities of Hinduism in a surprisingly coherent manner.

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About the author (1988)

Eleanor Zelliot is Professor of History at Carleton College. She has published extensively in the area of social and cultural history of Western India.

Maxine Berntsen received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been living in India since 1966, and in 1978 became an Indian citizen. She resides in Phaltan, Maharashtra, where she has established two schools. She is also the co-author of a six-volume book on the Marathi language.

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