Title

Religious Reading and Everyday Lives

Abstract

Emilia Bachrach paints a vivid ethnographic picture of vārtā satsaṅgs in present-day Ahmadabad—meetings in which female members of the Vallabha Sampraday read and discuss sections of the Sampraday’s two central hagiographies, the Caurāsī vaiṣṇavan kī vārtā and the Do sau bhāvan vaiṣṇavan kī vārtā. Showing how these women use the stories of the saint’s lives to understand and navigate their own social and religious worlds, Bachrach argues that such religious reading practices are an active and productive process, providing a space for debate, interpretation, and exploration of sectarian identity.

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publication Date

8-30-2018

Department

Religion

Additional Department

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Document Type

Book Chapter

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199478866.003.0021

Notes

In Part Four: Sampradāy and Beyond, Chapter 21.

Keywords

Vārtā satsaṅg, Ahmadabad, Vallabha Sampraday, Women, Hagiography, Caurāsī vaiṣṇavan kī vārtā, Do sau bhāvan vaiṣṇavan kī vārtā

ISBN

9780199478866

Language

English

Format

text

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