Belonging to a „Billion Strong Global Religion“: Hinduism Today, Hindu Communities and conversion to Hinduism in the Śaiva Siddhānta Church

Neubert, Frank (27 August 2015). Belonging to a „Billion Strong Global Religion“: Hinduism Today, Hindu Communities and conversion to Hinduism in the Śaiva Siddhānta Church (Unpublished). In: XXI. IAHR World Congress. Erfurt. 23.-29.08.2015.

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The Śaiva Siddhānta Church (ŚSC), based in Kauai HI, USA, has been holding rites of conversion to Hinduism since the 1960s. These rites include studying one’s “former” religion, officially declaring severance from it in the presence of a minister or mentor, choosing and officially adopting a new Hindu name as well as aligning with “the Hindu community”. Starting from here, this paper will address the question of community with respect to (1) the meanings of the term, (2) the idea of Hinduism as “a global religion” upheld by numerous “communities” worldwide and (3) the relevance of “community” in the conversion process. For doing so, I will draw on source material published by the Himalayan Academy, a branch of the ŚSC, in the global magazine Hinduism Today, in book publications and on their various websites.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion

UniBE Contributor:

Neubert, Frank

Subjects:

200 Religion
200 Religion > 290 Other religions

Language:

English

Submitter:

Frank Neubert

Date Deposited:

09 Dec 2015 09:02

Last Modified:

09 Dec 2015 09:02

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Globalization Religion Media Hinduism

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73697

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