The Hare Krishna's Transformation of Space in West Virginia

  title={The Hare Krishna's Transformation of Space in West Virginia},
  author={Carolyn V. Prorok},
  journal={Journal of Cultural Geography},
This study examines the transformative process of turning unordered space into cosmos, or place imbued with meaning. Through integration of specific physical qualities of a particular location into a traditional Hindu perspective of a sacred place and by performance of symbolic acts such as meditation, worship, founding and settling a site and the building of Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, the Hare Krishna have established a temple-oriented spiritual commune on a West Virginia landscape.