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Hindu Traditions In Diaspora: Shifting Spaces And Places

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Hindu traditions were brought overseas by different modes of transference: during 19th century, the British Raj brought indentured workers to East and South Africa, the Caribbean, Fiji Islands and Southeast Asia. This chapter aims to analyse a specific aspect of religious change and continuity by way of a heuristic neologism, i.e. that of templeisation. The chapter provides a sketch of Tamil Hindus in Germany and Switzerland, providing information also with regard to their socio-economic situation and processes of religious institution-building. It gives a sketch of ritual spaces of Hindu traditions, i.e. rituals performed in the domestic and the public spheres. The chapter concentrates on the increased importance of the diaspora temple as multifunctional site. It applies the heuristic perspective of templeisation and analyses exemplary areas and shifts. Finally the chapter discusses to what extent incipient processes of templeisation may be observable among Tamil Hindus in Germany and Switzerland.

Keywords: diaspora temple; Germany; Hindu traditions; Switzerland; Tamil Hindus



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