This dissertation project addresses one of the most critical problems in the study of religion: how do scriptures acquire significance in religious communities in ways that go beyond the meaning of their words? Based on data collected during ethnographic work in Maharashtra, India, in 2011 and 2012, I analyze the complex relationship between a religious text and its readers with reference to ritual reading of the Gurucaritra, a Marathi scripture written in the sixteenth century.
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- Regional Studies
- Asian studies
- Religious history
- city and religion
- Hindu scriptures
- reading in religion
- urban religion
- Books and reading--Religious aspects--Hinduism.
- Books and reading--India--Maharashtra.
- Books and reading
- Dattatreya (Sect)--India--Maharashtra--Rituals.
- Dattatreya (Sect)
- Hindus--Rites and ceremonies.
- Partial requirement for: Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2014Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-194)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Religious studies