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Hindu-Catholic Encounters in Goa: Religion, Colonialism, and Modernity

Author:
Henn, Alexander

ISBN:
978 0 253 01287 6
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
230
List price(s):
80.00 USD
57.00 GBP

Publication date:
27 May 2014

Short description: 

The state of Goa on India's southwest coast was once the capital of the Portuguese-Catholic empire in Asia. When Vasco Da Gama arrived in India in 1498, he mistook Hindus for Christians, but Jesuit missionaries soon declared war on the alleged idolatry of the Hindus. This study traces the history of Hindu-Catholic syncretism in Goa.

Full description: 

The state of Goa on India's southwest coast was once the capital of the Portuguese-Catholic empire in Asia. When Vasco Da Gama arrived in India in 1498, he mistook Hindus for Christians, but Jesuit missionaries soon declared war on the alleged idolatry of the Hindus. Today, Hindus and Catholics assert their own religious identities, but Hindu village gods and Catholic patron saints attract worship from members of both religious communities. Through fresh readings of early Portuguese sources and long-term ethnographic fieldwork, this study traces the history of Hindu-Catholic syncretism in Goa and considers its implications for our understanding of power, religion, and postcoloniality.

Table of contents: 

Acknowledgments Note on Transliteration Introduction 1. Vasco Da Gama's Error--Conquest and Plurality 2. Image Wars--Iconoclasm and Survival 3. Christian Puranas--Hermeneutic, Similarity, Violence 4. Ganv --Place, Genealogy, and Bodies 5. Demotic Ritual--Religion, Memory, and Survival 6. Crossroads of Religions--Shrines and Urban Mobility Conclusion: Religion and religions - Syncretism Reconsidered Notes Bibliography Index

Biography: 

Alexander Henn is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He is editor (with Klaus-Peter Kopping) of Rituals in an Unstable World: Contingency, Hybridity, Embodiment.

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