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by James Lochtefeld

ISBN: 0195386140
ISBN13: 978-0195386141
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 27, 2010)
Pages: 328
Category: Hinduism
Subategory: Religion

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A celebrated Hindu pilgrimage site, Hardwar lies on the river Ganges at the edge of the Himalayas. Its identity as a holy place is inextricably tied to the mythology and reality of the Ganges, and traditional sources overwhelmingly stress this connection.

A celebrated Hindu pilgrimage site, Hardwar lies on the river Ganges at the edge of the Himalayas. Virtually nothing has been written about Hardwar's history and development, although the historical record reveals striking changes of the past few centuries. These changes have usually reflected worldly forces such as shifting trade routes, improved transportation, or political instability. Yet such mundane influences.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A celebrated Hindu pilgrimage site, Hardwar lies on the river Ganges at the edge of the Himalayas. Its identity as a holy place is inextricably tied to the mythology and reality of the Ganges.

By James G. Lochtefeld By James G. Lochtefeld. By James G. Article in The Journal of Hindu Studies 5(3):308-309 · October 2012 with 49 Reads. How we measure 'reads'. James Lochtefeld, 2010, God's Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage Place, Oxford University Press.

James Lochtefeld (2010). God's Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage Place. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-045264-3.

In this magisterial work, James Lochtefeld investigates the pasts and presents of the Hindu pilgrimage place of. .

In this magisterial work, James Lochtefeld investigates the pasts and presents of the Hindu pilgrimage place of Hardwar, famous as one of the sites of the Kumbha Mela. Working with a constructivist notion of place, Lochtefeld argues that multiple narratives (p. 5) about Hardwar must all be considered as clearly and realistically as possible (p. 175). This comprehensive treatment must be carried through in a manner that is contextual and particular.

The book’s second part analyzes Hardwar as a contemporary Hindu pilgrimage center. This book examines how sacred meaning is created, reinforced, and maintained in Hardwar, an important Hindu pilgrimage site (tirtha). Hardwar’s religious identity is inextricably tied to the river Ganges, and the city’s sacred narratives (present and past) present its identity as fixed and unchanging-as for many Hindu pilgrimage sites.

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James Lochtefeld specializes in Hindu pilgrimage. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010 God’s Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage Place, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. It was published by Oxford University Press in December 2009 under the title God’s Gateway. Getting in Line: The Kumbha Mela Processions.

James, Lochtefeld (2010). New york: oxford university press.

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A celebrated Hindu pilgrimage site, Hardwar lies on the river Ganges at the edge of the Himalayas. Its identity as a holy place is inextricably tied to the mythology and reality of the Ganges, and traditional sources overwhelmingly stress this connection. Virtually nothing has been written about Hardwar's history and development, although the historical record reveals striking changes of the past few centuries. These changes have usually reflected worldly forces such as shifting trade routes, improved transportation, or political instability. Yet such mundane influences have been ignored in the city's sacred narrative, which presents a fixed, unchanging identity. The city's complex identity, says Lochtefeld, lies in the tension between these differing narratives. In this fieldwork-based study, Lochtefeld analyzes modern Hardwar as a Hindu pilgrimage center. He looks first at various groups of local residents -- businessmen, hereditary priests, and ascetics -- and assesses their differing roles in managing Hardwar as a holy place. He then examines the pilgrims and the factors that bring them to Hardwar. None of these groups is as pious as popularly depicted, but their interactions in upholding their own interest create and maintain Hardwar's religious environment. In conclusion, he addresses the wider context of Indian pilgrimage and the forces shaping it in the present day. He finds that many modern Hindus, like many modern Christians, feel some dissonance between traditional religious symbols and their 21st-century world, and that they are reinterpreting their traditional symbols to make them meaningful for their time.
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