The Construction of the Kumbha Mela

  title={The Construction of the Kumbha Mela},
  author={James G. Lochtefeld},
  journal={South Asian Popular Culture},
  pages={103 - 126}
  • James G. Lochtefeld
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Popular Culture
  • Hindu religious tradition is often portrayed as established and unchanging by its adherents as well as outside observers. Each of these groups can have good reasons to assert this, for Hindus, it reflects the conviction that their religious practices are rooted in antiquity, whereas for (polemical) outsiders it is evidence for the lack of any meaningful progress. Yet these assumptions ill explain the workings of any religious community – which not only constantly changes in response to its… CONTINUE READING
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