Bachelor of Arts
Baron Pineda, Chair
Krishna, ISKCON, Prabhupada, Nation, Nationalism, Vegetarian, Vegetarianism, Transcendence, Identity
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.
Williams, Rachel Lynn, "We Are Not These Bodies: Identity and Transcendence Among American Devotees of Krishna" (2012). Honors Papers. 373.