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When a Goddess Dies: Worshipping Ma Anandamayi After Her Death

ISBN : 9780199368624

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Author: 
Orianne Aymard
Pages
368 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
157 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2014
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Ma Anandamayi is generally regarded as the most important Hindu woman saint of the twentieth century. Venerated alternately as a guru and as an incarnation of God on earth, Ma had hundreds of thousands of devotees. Through the creation of a religious movement and a vast network of ashramsunprecedented for a womanMa presented herself as an authority figure in a society where female gurus were not often recognized. Because of her widespread influence, Ma is one of the rare Hindu saints whose cult has outlived her. Today, her tomb is a place of veneration for those who knew her as well as new generations of her followers. By performing extensive fieldwork among Ma's current devotees, Orianne Aymard examines what happens to a cult after the death of its leader. Does it decline, stagnate, or grow? Or is it rather transformed into something else entirely? Aymard's work sheds new light not only on Hindu sainthoodand particularly female Hindu sainthoodbut on the nature of charismatic religious leadership and devotion.

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: Aspects of the Postmortem Cult of the Guru
Chapter 2: The Cult of Relics in Hinduism
Chapter 3: Death of the Guru
Chapter 4: Presence of the Guru
Chapter 5: Sustainability of the Postmortem Cult
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Orianne Aymard has been a Visiting Scholar at the South Asia Institute of Columbia University. She is currently a Research Associate at the Centre detudes et de recherche sur lInde, lAsie du Sud et sa diaspora (CERIAS), in Montreal

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