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Living Banaras: Hindu Religion in Cultural Context

Living Banaras: Hindu Religion in Cultural Context

Author(s): Bradley R Hertel, Cynthia Ann Humes

Location(s): Varanasi

Genre(s): Nonfiction

Era(s): 1990s

By focusing on contemporary popular religious traditions, the book represents a substantial contribution to the study of modern religious practices in Banaras, holy city of India. This book offers in-depth, ethnographic views of many contemporary popular religious practices that have, for the most part, received little attention by scholars. Topics covered include the Ramlila celebrations, devotion to Hanuman, and goddess worship, and the way that Banarsi Boli, the local dialect of Banaras, supports its users in their identification with the sacred city.

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