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The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India

David Mosse

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520253162
eISBN:
9780520953970
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253162.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

The Saint in the Banyan Tree is a nuanced and historically persuasive exploration of Christianity's remarkable trajectory as a social and cultural force in southern India. It skillfully combines ... More


Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader

Kristin Norget, Valentina Napolitano, and Maya Mayblin (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520288423
eISBN:
9780520963368
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520288423.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

A collection of classic and contemporary ethnographic explorations of Catholicism, by anthropologists and religious studies scholars. The book approaches Catholicism through a variety topics and ... More


The Glyphomancy Factor: Observations on Chinese Conversion

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520078352
eISBN:
9780520912564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter reports that religious conversion is a matter of belief and social structure, of faith and affiliation. It is also about voluntary religious conversion as it is occurred among Chinese in ... More


Of Faith and Commitment: Christian Conversion in Muslim Java

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520078352
eISBN:
9780520912564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter explores the history of East Javanese conversion, striving to determine why people converted in some areas but not in others. It also investigates more closely the forces promoting the ... More


Afterword: Boundaries and Horizons

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520078352
eISBN:
9780520912564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

Conversion to Christianity means different things to different peoples and entails divergent social consequences. The Christianity that conversion produces in different human communities is complexly ... More


Introduction: World Building and the Rationality of Conversion

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520078352
eISBN:
9780520912564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter emphasizes that though most of the discussion in these chapters centers on Christianity, the remarks are necessarily broader. It speaks of Christianity as a species of world religion and ... More


Conversion and Colonialism in Northern Mexico: The Tarahumara Response to the Jesuit Mission Program, 1601–1767

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520078352
eISBN:
9780520912564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter considers the issue of the Tarahumaras' conversion to Christianity. It also addresses why, at the time of the Jesuits' expulsion in 1767, only a small minority of Tarahumaras appear to ... More


“We Are Ekelesia”: Conversion in Uiaku, Papua New Guinea

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520078352
eISBN:
9780520912564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter covers the significance of Maisin Christianity and the religious conversion process in Uiaku, Papua New Guinea. Some general comments on the political aspects of the Maisins' conversion ... More


Religion, Morality, and Prophetic Traditions: Conversion among the Pitjantjatjara of Central Australia

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520078352
eISBN:
9780520912564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter describes some of the ethnographic and theoretical debates on why the Pitjantjatjara of the western desert of central Australia have not converted to Christianity. It first explains some ... More


Urban Tribal At Home in Filmistan

William Elison

in The Neighborhood of Gods: The Sacred and the Visible at the Margins of Mumbai

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226494876
eISBN:
9780226495064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226495064.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter returns to Filmistan. Ethnographic fieldwork with Vikas, who lives in a part of the grounds known as "the Village," reveals that the whole studio was built on top of a hamlet settled by ... More


Excerpt from “The Dinka and Catholicism”

Godfrey Lienhardt

in Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520288423
eISBN:
9780520963368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520288423.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

Like Julian Pitt-Rivers, Godfrey Lienhardt (1921–93) was a student of E. E. Evans-Pritchard at Oxford. His great ethnography Divinity and Experience: The Religion of the Dinka, published in 1961, is ... More


A Jesuit Mission in History

David Mosse

in The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520253162
eISBN:
9780520953970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253162.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

The chapter explains how the Jesuit Madurai mission (from 1606) made Catholicism into a kind of Brahmanic religion, which then became embedded in the precolonial regional social and political system. ... More


Christianity and Dalit Struggle: 1960s to 1980s

David Mosse

in The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520253162
eISBN:
9780520953970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253162.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter turns to the postmissionary, post-Independence context, providing an account of mobility and immobility among different (Catholic and Protestant) dalit castes. It reveals the contrasting ... More


Hindu Religious Nationalism and Dalit Christian Activism

David Mosse

in The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520253162
eISBN:
9780520953970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253162.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

The chapter asks how, in the 1990s, a rising Indian political stream of anti-Christian Hindu nationalism intersected with the Tamil politics of caste in ways that influenced dalit theological and ... More


The Positive Power of Stigma and Black Identity

Charles Price

in Becoming Rasta: Origins of Rastafari Identity in Jamaica

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814767467
eISBN:
9780814768464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814767467.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter examines how people like the Rastafari come to place Blackness and religion at the center of their self-concept, how they turn stigma into an asset, and how these acts relate to ... More


The New Tribes Mission

Aparecida Vilaça

in Praying and Preying: Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520289130
eISBN:
9780520963849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520289130.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

Chapter 1 forms an introduction to the history and ideology of the New Tribes Mission, setting out from the literature produced by the missionaries, anthropological works about them, and the lesson ... More


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