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Ordinary Miraculousness: Farmers and Pharmacists Practice the Science of Religion

Mark Elmore

in Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290532
eISBN:
9780520964648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the emergence and development of Himachal's vernacular science of religion, a discourse that has come to define the shape and scope of Himachali religion. Struggling to ... More


Negotiating Religion: Normalization, Abjection, and Enrichment

Mark Elmore

in Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290532
eISBN:
9780520964648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines how “religion” circulates from margin to center and back, starting in the remote villages of the upper Himalayas, traveling through a small regional city and into the state ... More


Managing Religion: Government, Gūrs, and Gods

Mark Elmore

in Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290532
eISBN:
9780520964648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter investigates an anxiety that emerged as the state government asserted itself in more areas—such as regulating festivals, limiting the authority of temple officers to decide local ... More


Religion Is a Verb

Mark Elmore

in Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290532
eISBN:
9780520964648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. The book's title, Becoming Religious in a Secular Age, suggests the work's primary contribution to the study of religion. As a ... More


Cultivating Religion amid the Conflicting Desires of Goats, Gods, and Government

Mark Elmore

in Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290532
eISBN:
9780520964648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Early records show that animal sacrifice has long been a common compulsory component of local rites in the region of Himachal Pradesh. As recently as the early 1960s, there was virtually no debate ... More


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