Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

South Indian Temple Culture short course, Dr. Ute Hüsken

The History of Temple Organization (Economy, Politics) and the Role of Temples in South Indian Social Life

Wed, February 3, 2010 | Meyerson Conference Room WCH 4.118

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Required reading

Appadurai, Arjun and Carol Appadurai Breckenridge, "The South India Temple: Authority, Honor and Redistribution", Contributions to Indian Sociology (NS), Vol. 10, No. 2 (Dec. 1976), pp. 187-211

There is little distinction between religious and secular life in Hindu India. South Indian temples are residences of the gods and focal points for public religious life. But they are also of great importance to economic and political activities and serve the integration of diverse social classes. The course will examine these roles from a variety of perspectives, with reference to both the past and the present. We will look at continuities and ruptures in the histories of South Indian temples and their social, economic, political, and religious functions.

The lectures and readings will make use of written sources, audio-visual material (video, photographs), and the results of field research.

The course will be held in six meetings of two hours each. Each meeting will have a different focus. The times and topics for the seminar are below, along with their required readings.

All meetings take place in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118).


Sponsored by: Department of Asian Studies

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