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In the presence of Sai Baba [electronic resource] : body, city, and memory in a global religious movement / by Smriti Srinivas.

By: Srinivas, Smriti.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Studies in the history of religions: 118.Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008Description: 1 online resource (xix, 403 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9789047433002 (electronic bk.); 9047433009 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Sathya Sai Baba, 1926-2011 | Hinduism -- Social aspects | RELIGION -- Hinduism -- General | Sathya Sai Baba | Sathya Sai Baba | Sathya-Sai-Organisation | Sathya Sai Baba | Sai Baba von Shirdi | Religi�ose Bewegung | Soziales Engagement | Hinduismus | Religion | Geschichte 1926-2004Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: In the presence of Sai Baba.DDC classification: 294.5/5 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The mendicant of Shirdi -- The arrival of the Avatar -- The sense of the presence -- Healing, service, and character -- The ideal polis -- Producing space in Bangalore -- Somatic regimes of citizenship in Nairobi -- Sites of sociality in Atlanta.
Review: "The Sai Baba movement, centered on the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba (b. 1926), today attracts a global following from Japan to South Africa. Regarded as a divine incarnation, Sathya Sai Baba traces his genealogy to Shirdi Sai Baba (d. 1918), a mendicant in colonial India identified with various Sufi and devotional traditions. The movement, thus, has "roots" in Shirdi Sai Baba but as it globalizes, it has developed conjunctions with other religious traditions, New Religious movements, and New Age ideas." "This book offers an account of the Sai Baba movement as a pathway for charting the varied cartographies, sensory formations, and cultural memories implicated in urbanization and globalization. It traverses the terrain between social theories for the study of religion and cities - themselves a product of modernity - and the radical, creative, and unexpected modernity of contemporary religious movements. It is based on ethnographic research carried out in India, Kenya, and the US."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [353]-371) and index.

The mendicant of Shirdi -- The arrival of the Avatar -- The sense of the presence -- Healing, service, and character -- The ideal polis -- Producing space in Bangalore -- Somatic regimes of citizenship in Nairobi -- Sites of sociality in Atlanta.

"The Sai Baba movement, centered on the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba (b. 1926), today attracts a global following from Japan to South Africa. Regarded as a divine incarnation, Sathya Sai Baba traces his genealogy to Shirdi Sai Baba (d. 1918), a mendicant in colonial India identified with various Sufi and devotional traditions. The movement, thus, has "roots" in Shirdi Sai Baba but as it globalizes, it has developed conjunctions with other religious traditions, New Religious movements, and New Age ideas." "This book offers an account of the Sai Baba movement as a pathway for charting the varied cartographies, sensory formations, and cultural memories implicated in urbanization and globalization. It traverses the terrain between social theories for the study of religion and cities - themselves a product of modernity - and the radical, creative, and unexpected modernity of contemporary religious movements. It is based on ethnographic research carried out in India, Kenya, and the US."--Jacket.

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