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By Nanette R. Spina

This publication investigates women’s ritual authority and the typical obstacles among faith and notions of gender, ethnicity, and identification. Nanette R. Spina situates her learn in the transnational Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi stream verified by means of the Tamil Indian guru, Bangaru Adigalar. some of the most well known, defining parts of this practice is that ladies are privileged with positions of management and formality authority. This represents a rare shift from orthodox culture during which non secular authority has been the specific area of male Brahmin clergymen. providing old and modern views at the transnational Adhiparasakthi association, Spina analyzes women’s roles and technique of expression in the culture. The publication takes a detailed examine the Adhiparasakthi society in Toronto, Canada (a Hindu group in either its transnational and diasporic dimensions), and the way this Canadian temple has either formed and established their very own diasporic Hindu identification. The Toronto Adhiparasakthi society illustrates how Goddess theology, women's ritual authority, and “inclusivity” ethics have dynamically formed the id of this favorite move out of the country.
Based on years of ethnographic fieldwork, the quantity attracts the reader into the wealthy textures of tradition, group, and formality lifestyles with the Goddess.

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In this way we will consider the following questions: What are the concerns within the community that can be traced to refugee migration from Sri Lanka, and what are the new concerns that this community now looks to the mandram to address? Chapter 4 intro­ duces the mandram community, and presents demographical survey data and analysis. In Chapter 5, the mandram is centralized focusing on the way it functions as a religious center in the community. Part II: Women’s Leadership and the Goddess In Part II Chapters 6 and 7 focus on devotional worship and festivals, high­ lighting women’s leadership and ritual participation.

Tamils or Caribbean Hindus) (Younger 2004; Hinnells 2007: 10). Beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the new immigration policies made it possible for several South Asian religious organizations to make introductions within North America. ” While based on Advaita Vedanta, he framed Hinduism as more universal and scientific possibly making it more attractive to so-called Western sensibilities. Absent from his frame was the devotional aspect of his guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836–1886).

In this way the Sikhs could draw on that leadership and experience in solidarity while expanding their community in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Sikh religious centers became significant markers of Sikh identity in Canada. R. SPINA participated in the broader society was to hold large festivals open to the communities in which they lived. 20 As we have seen, the Sikhs worked in several ways to consolidate their community and protect their rights to religious freedom in Canada. 21 Early Hindu Religious Societies One of the first steps that Hindu religious groups have taken in establishing themselves in Canada has been the formation of religious societies.

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