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Daily Worship, Improvisation, and Individual Devotion

M. Whitney Kelting

in Singing to the Jinas: Jain Laywomen, Mandal Singing, and the Negotiations of Jain Devotion

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140118
eISBN:
9780199834365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140117.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The women (and men) draw their daily practice from a set of appropriate actions, all of which are called puja. Improvization is framed by the appropriate sentiment of devotion, and the women use ... More


The Story of Ānandamayī Mā's Life

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

in Mother of Bliss: Anandamayi Ma (1896–1982)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195116489
eISBN:
9780199851621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116489.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

A note is always seen at the beginning of all the spiritual biographies written about Ānandamayī Mā to express how the author apologizes for situations wherein the reader may arrive at ... More


Ānandamayī Mā and Gender

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

in Mother of Bliss: Anandamayi Ma (1896–1982)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195116489
eISBN:
9780199851621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116489.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

As we have established that Ānandamayī Mā is recognized by her devotees as an embodiment of God, the need to ask the following questions arises: How does having a personal relationship with God in a ... More


Conclusion

Josef W. Meri

in The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199250783
eISBN:
9780191697968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250783.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Islam, Judaism

This chapter reexamines the centrality of the cult of saints in Islamic and Jewish traditions in the light of recent research concerning popular and high culture. Neither the traditional dichotomy of ... More


Introduction: Blue Candle: Insight and Concentration

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0000
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter begins with the story behind this book's author's decision to study Santa Muerte. Specifically, the chapter attempts to explain why in only ten years devotion to Santa ... More


Brown Candle: History and Origins of the Cult

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses the history and origins of the cult of Saint Death. It examines who she is and how she became what she is today in the early years of the 21st century. In looking at her past, ... More


White Candle: Beliefs and Practices

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The astonishing growth of the Santa Muerte cult over the past decade has resulted in millions of new devotees who are neither jilted lovers nor traffickers of narcotics and stimulants. The new flock ... More


Black Candle: Protection and Harm

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Very few media reports and films show anything but the dark side of the cult of Santa Muerte. Most American and Mexican nonbelievers, for example, have little idea that the Skinny Lady heals ... More


Red Candle: Love and Passion

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter considers the skeleton saint's roles as love doctor and bounty hunter of wayward men. It is here that her gender identity is most interesting, as in this she mostly attends to the ... More


Gold Candle: Prosperity and Abundance

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the devotion to Santa Muerte's as a patron saint of prosperity and abundance. It describes how Saint Death not only brought prosperity to true believers but also to those who ... More


Purple Candle: Healing

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses Santa Muerte's role as healer. Drawing on both European and Mexican cultural antecedents in which death possesses awesome curing powers and tapping into the well-established ... More


Conclusion: Seven-Color Candle: Multiple Miracles

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

One of the main points of this book is that Santa Muerte is a multifaceted popular saint, composed of many different colors. It has examined the polychromatic saint in her full range of colors. This ... More


Laboring For Language: The State of Tamil Devotion

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in Passions of the Tongue: Language Devotion in Tamil India, 1891-1970

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520208049
eISBN:
9780520918795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520208049.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter moves to questions of labor. It explores how the differing agendas of the various imaginations about Tamil come into play in public policies and politics. It tracks the many dilemmas ... More


To Die for: Living for Language

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in Passions of the Tongue: Language Devotion in Tamil India, 1891-1970

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520208049
eISBN:
9780520918795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520208049.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter turns to the lives and stories of Tamil devotees, which are offered as models of emulation for all good and loyal Tamil speakers. It aims to chart the production of the “devotional ... More


Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults

Janja Lalich

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231948
eISBN:
9780520937512
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231948.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Heaven's Gate, a secretive group of celibate “monks” awaiting pickup by a UFO, captured intense public attention in 1997 when its members committed collective suicide. As a way of understanding such ... More


Is the (Hindu) Goddess a Feminist?

Rita M. Gross

in A Garland of Feminist Reflections: Forty Years of Religious Exploration

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255852
eISBN:
9780520943667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255852.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores the question of whether the Goddess is a feminist. It states that it depends on how the term feminist is defined. Various Hindu and Buddhist goddesses could be shown to be ... More


The True Believer: The Fusion of Personal Freedom and Self-renunciation

Janja A. Lalich

in Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231948
eISBN:
9780520937512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231948.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Contrary to popular belief, cults have attracted not the lonely and lost, but rather the idealistic and lofty minded, the curious and well educated. Through arriving at an understanding of the pushes ... More


Epilogue: Afterlives

Kevin Gray Carr

in Plotting the Prince: Shotoku Cults and the Mapping of Medieval Japanese Buddhism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834630
eISBN:
9780824871437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834630.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This concluding chapter reiterates how Prince Shōtoku, as the focus of a widespread transsectarian cult, integrated into his person diverse times and places, thereby symbolically overcoming a sense ... More


New Media/New Jews?: An Afterword

Jeffrey Shandler

in Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740675
eISBN:
9780814708880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740675.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This concluding chapter describes how new media can facilitate novel connections that enable innovative cultural prospects. The studied topics—cantors, ecumenical broadcasts, public works of ... More


Introduction

Alexander Soucy

in The Buddha Side: Gender, Power, and Buddhist Practice in Vietnam

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835989
eISBN:
9780824871567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835989.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This introductory chapter explains that the book is about the way people’s life positions—especially age and gender—shape their attitudes towards Buddhism. Their religious practices play an important ... More


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