Item description for In the Presence of Sai Baba: Body, City, and Memory in a Global Religious Movement (Numen Book Series) by Smriti Srinivas...
The Sai Baba movement, centered on the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba (b. 1926), today attracts a global following from Japan to South Africa. Regarded as a divine incarnation, Sathya Sai Baba traces his genealogy to Shirdi Sai Baba (d. 1918), a mendicant in colonial India identified with various Sufi and devotional genealogies. The movement, thus, has "roots" in Shirdi Sai Baba but as it globalizes, it has developed conjunctions with other religious traditions, New Religious movements, and New Age ideas. This book offers an account of the Sai Baba movement as a pathway for charting the varied cartographies, sensory formations, and cultural memories implicated in urbanization and globalization. It traverses the terrain between social theories for the study of religion and cities - themselves a product of modernity - and the radical, creative, and unexpected modernity of contemporary religious movements. It is based on ethnographic research carried out in India, Kenya, and the US.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
ISBN 9004165436 ISBN13 9789004165434
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More About Smriti Srinivas
Srinivas is assistant professor of comparative and cultural studies of religion at Ohio State University.
Smriti Srinivas currently resides in the state of Ohio. Smriti Srinivas has an academic affiliation as follows - Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.