Degree Year

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Anthropology

Committee Member(s)

Baron Pineda, Chair
Erika Hoffman-Dilloway

Keywords

Krishna, ISKCON, Prabhupada, Nation, Nationalism, Vegetarian, Vegetarianism, Transcendence, Identity

Abstract

This paper discusses the ways in which American devotees of Krishna understand their identities. Some second-generation Asian Americans have criticized American Krishna devotees of cultural appropriation, but devotees defend themselves against this claim with a philosophy of bodily transcendence. Many devotees practice transcendence through a rejection of nationalism and sectarianism. The paper also considers vegetarianism and ISKCON's attitude toward animals.

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Anthropology Commons

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