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Rohan Bastin

Developing Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of territorialization and the apparatus of capture, this article explores the role that Sri Lankan Hindu temples have played in the formation of ethnicity and ethnic conflict. Analyzing three contemporary events, the article introduces ways in which many different Sri Lankans (Sinhalese and Tamil) interpret their country's predicament and seek to resolve or prolong it. The events also reveal how scholarship becomes entangled in ethnic nationalism. I then examine in greater detail a village in which temple construction was a critical feature of identity formation during the creation of Sri Lanka as a colonialist and capitalist bureaucratic space. Through this account, I argue that the formation of polarized ethnicity in Sri Lanka is the product of multiple refractive forces, of which temples are one, and not the end result of a singular colonialist bureaucratic agency.

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Why Does God Get It Wrong?

Divine Fallibility in Athens and Jerusalem

Gabriel Kanter Webber

temple in Wembley. Hindu temples are filled with murtis – statues of Hindu gods – and worshippers leave them offerings of food and drink, change them into clean clothes and generally look after them. 2 The word that sprung to my mind was ‘parental’. The

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Marija Bulatović and Višnja Krstić

frame around the spiritual character of Tagore, just as those various gods and deities in the form of humans and animals in Hindu temples are a frame around the sacred being of Brahma” (59). Nevertheless, it seems that Jelena Dimitrijević's fascination

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The Merchant ON Venice [Boulevard, Los Angeles], Chicago, 2007

Universalizing Shakespeare’s Play after the Holocaust

Michael Shapiro

South Asian past. He retains a smouldering sense of religious persecution exemplified by the destruction of the mosque in Ayodhya, India, supposedly built on the site of a Hindu temple and destroyed in 1992 by anti-Muslim rioters. The Hindus in the play

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Teachings of Tara

Sacred Place and Human Wellbeing in the Shimla Hills

Jonathan Miles-Watson

outing: her nephew (a local government worker) had come to visit and we were all to make a journey to a nearby Hindu temple. Moments later we were nauseatingly hurtling around the narrow mountain road, making our way to Shimla’s Tara Devi. This was to be

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Citizenship in religious clothing?

Navayana Buddhism and Dalit emancipation in late 1990s Uttar Pradesh

Nicolas Jaoul

powerful political claim for those who has been denied entry into Hindu temples and had been considered as unworthy of religion. From a conceptual point of view, the political relevance of the conversion thus seems well established. But from an ethnographic

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Post-war Blood

Sacrifice, Anti-sacrifice, and the Rearticulations of Conflict in Sri Lanka

Neena Mahadev

seen at the place where goats were slaughtered. For the above reasons, I hold that unnecessary pain had been caused to goats when they were killed in the kovil [Hindu temple] premises and as such goats had been killed in an unnecessarily cruel manner

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Giving and Taking without Reciprocity

Conversations in South India and the Anthropology of Ethics

Soumhya Venkatesan

in South India: the first between 1997 and 2003 among Muslim householders, and the second, ongoing from 2006, among Brahmin Hindu temple priests who are also householders. I thus bring South Asian Islamic understandings of charitable gifts and

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Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold, Bhrigupati Singh, Farhana Ibrahim, Edward Simpson, and Kirin Narayan

participate in religion, no strings attached. Many Hindu temples have bells hanging in their entranceways. I liked to ring those bells, and I still do. Hindus ring temple bells to get God’s attention. I ring them because I cannot resist the physical gesture

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Neil Amswych, Hillel Avidan, Sami Barth, Tony Bayfield, Francis Ronald Berry, Barbara Borts, Jeffrey Cohen, Bernard Davis, Michal Friedlander, Jeffrey Gale, Guy Hall, Richard Harries, Harry Jacobi, Laura Janner-Klausner, Deborah Kahn-Harris, Charles Middleburgh, Jonathan Magonet, Dow Marmur, Julia Neuberger, Phil Pegum, Danny Rich, Jonathan Romain, Walter Rothschild, Elli Tikvah Sarah, Victor Jeleniewski Seidler, Michael Shire, Judy Smith, Jackie Tabick, Charles Wallach, and Andrea Zanardo

living onto a practical and pragmatic level. And then he would expand this by having us go round to various places of religious life in London – a Hindu temple here, a church there, a gathering at the Sisters of Sion (where I recall meeting the famed Rev