Hindu Gods in an American Landscape
Changing Perceptions of Indian Sacred Images in the Global Age
About the Book
In India, Hindu images have been cast for millennia through the lost wax process and brought to life by priests—becoming not merely venerated icons but actual embodiments of gods. Second and third generation Hindu Americans have increasingly adopted a more worldly perspective toward religious objects, viewing them as symbolic rather than actual presences of the deity.
The author traces the origins of this important shift, and examines Western attitudes regarding sacred objects, as well as the complex layering of traditional and modern Hindu attitudes in a globalized world.
About the Author(s)
E. Allen Richardson is a professor of religious studies at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
E. Allen Richardson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 21 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
Table of Contents
Explanation of Diacritical Marks x
One: Globalization and Shifting Cultural Trajectories of Hindu Sacred Objects 9
Two: Bringing God to Life: The Trajectory of Presence and Ritual Production 37
Three: Imagining God: The Trajectory of Sacred Objects as Symbols 82
Four: Putting God on Display: Interpreting Hindu Image Through the Lens of Art,
Symbolism and Meaning 117
Five: Transnational Hinduism and Shifting Trajectories 147
Chapter Notes 193