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By Corinne G. Dempsey

The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York is a profile of a flourishing Hindu temple within the city of Rush, long island. The temple, validated via a charismatic nonbrahman Sri Lankan Tamil referred to as Aiya, stands proud for its mix of orthodox ritual meticulousness and socioreligious iconoclasm. The energy with which devotees perform ritual themselves and their prepared entry to the deities contrasts sharply with ritual actions at so much North American Hindu temples, the place (following the standard Indian customized) ritual is played in basic terms through clergymen and entry to the hugely sanctified divine pictures is heavily guarded. Drawing on numerous years of fieldwork, Dempsey weaves conventional South Asian stories, temple miracle money owed, and devotional testimonials into an research of the special dynamics of diaspora Hinduism. She explores the ways that the goddess, the guru, and temple individuals live at cultural and spiritual intersections, noting how differences among superb and mundane, conference and non-convention, and family and international are extra frequently intertwined and interdependent than in tidy competition. This energetic and available paintings is a distinct and significant contribution to diaspora Hindu Studies.

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