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Sites Of Sociality In Atlanta

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This chapter investigates the sites of sociality and the fabric of devotional community in Sai Centers in American metropolitan sites. The case study is Atlanta, now home to thousands of immigrants and workers from South Asia and elsewhere. Atlanta, of course, is also a home of Gospel music, the Blues, and a substantial African-American population. The chapter explores the spatial context of Atlanta's religious organizations and the epistemological and theological connections forged between the Sai Center and other groups in the city. It then argues, through a detailed study of the devotional song handbook of the Atlanta Sai Center, that these epistemological intersections are grounded in sensory and ritual practices such as singing and music. Finally, the chapter explores the density of electronic mailings, the effervescence of regional conferences, and the magicality of technological instruments as part of the ethnography of communication.

Keywords: Atlanta; Sai Baba; sites of sociality



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