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THE REALM OF FAITH
THE REALM OF FAITH
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This book explores the overlapping role of religion, popular belief, caste system and the state in the lives of people of the Western Himalaya. It traverses through the Western Himalayan landscape across the colonial times (occasionally even earlier times) to determine the protest and subversion against the structures of dominance. Through the process of marginalisation and appropriation the discontent as well as the popular culture is co-opted to fashion the Himalayan social structure. Using fieldwork and archival sources, the author argues that the hope of social revision becomes an alternative to economic subordination. At the same time, the high caste dominance is derived from the denial of the symbols of purity, propitious, hierarchy, kingship, and justice to the lower castes. Located in this social tension, the book questions the process by which socio-religious hegemony gets constructed. It delineates the mechanism by which dominance is constructed by the subtle control of casts, economy and pilgrimage network.

A significant feature of this work is that the author has successfully combined the disciplines of history, sociology and social anthropology. As a result of this multi-disciplinary approach this book goes beyond the few studies of similar interests carried out earlier. Not only have traditional and well-known sources of information been used by the author - hitherto unutilised source material has been unearthed and imaginatively presented.

The Realm of Faith will be of particular interest to historians studying colonial India, the sociologists, social anthropologists, those interested in the study of Himalaya, and people seeking to understand various issued related to religion and its interface with society.

About the Author:

MAHESH SHARMA, teaches History at Panjab University, Chandigarh. He was UGC Junior Research Fellow (1991-93) and Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (1993-95) as well as a member of the project on 'Socio-Religious Movements and Cultural Networks in Indian Civilisation'. His major areas of research are-the social history of modern India and sociology of religion.

CONTENTS

List of Mapsvi
List of Tablesv
List of Abbreviationsvii
Forewordix
Prefacexi
1.Popular Belief: Godlings, Ghosts and Omens1
2.Creating the Deity: Woman Sacrifice
and the Goddess
38
3.Subverting the Tradition: Ritual and
Pollution as Forms of Protest
64
4.Marginalisation and Appropriation
Hijacking the Popular Belief:
95
5.Strategy of Dominance:
Monastic Credit and Artisans
120
6.Co-opting the Local: Indigenous Pilgrimage
and Subcontinental Linkages
145
Epilogue175
Appendix I187
Appendix II189
Glossary193
Bibliography201
Index217

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About the Book:

This book explores the overlapping role of religion, popular belief, caste system and the state in the lives of people of the Western Himalaya. It traverses through the Western Himalayan landscape across the colonial times (occasionally even earlier times) to determine the protest and subversion against the structures of dominance. Through the process of marginalisation and appropriation the discontent as well as the popular culture is co-opted to fashion the Himalayan social structure. Using fieldwork and archival sources, the author argues that the hope of social revision becomes an alternative to economic subordination. At the same time, the high caste dominance is derived from the denial of the symbols of purity, propitious, hierarchy, kingship, and justice to the lower castes. Located in this social tension, the book questions the process by which socio-religious hegemony gets constructed. It delineates the mechanism by which dominance is constructed by the subtle control of casts, economy and pilgrimage network.

A significant feature of this work is that the author has successfully combined the disciplines of history, sociology and social anthropology. As a result of this multi-disciplinary approach this book goes beyond the few studies of similar interests carried out earlier. Not only have traditional and well-known sources of information been used by the author - hitherto unutilised source material has been unearthed and imaginatively presented.

The Realm of Faith will be of particular interest to historians studying colonial India, the sociologists, social anthropologists, those interested in the study of Himalaya, and people seeking to understand various issued related to religion and its interface with society.

About the Author:

MAHESH SHARMA, teaches History at Panjab University, Chandigarh. He was UGC Junior Research Fellow (1991-93) and Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (1993-95) as well as a member of the project on 'Socio-Religious Movements and Cultural Networks in Indian Civilisation'. His major areas of research are-the social history of modern India and sociology of religion.

CONTENTS

List of Mapsvi
List of Tablesv
List of Abbreviationsvii
Forewordix
Prefacexi
1.Popular Belief: Godlings, Ghosts and Omens1
2.Creating the Deity: Woman Sacrifice
and the Goddess
38
3.Subverting the Tradition: Ritual and
Pollution as Forms of Protest
64
4.Marginalisation and Appropriation
Hijacking the Popular Belief:
95
5.Strategy of Dominance:
Monastic Credit and Artisans
120
6.Co-opting the Local: Indigenous Pilgrimage
and Subcontinental Linkages
145
Epilogue175
Appendix I187
Appendix II189
Glossary193
Bibliography201
Index217

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  • This is one of the best on Himachal Pradesh, India that I have come across. The analysis is incisive, particularly on caste situation he breaks new grounds, and inflormation broad based. I liked his chapter on monastic credit particularly and the linkages he worked out in his chapter on pilgrimages.
    by daniel cartwright on 21st Oct 2006
  • this is an interesting book on how cultural dominance gets constructed. Mahesh Sharma has used field work and archival material to discern the mechanism of hegemony by delienating the processes of acculturation, subversion, appropriation, assimilationa and co-option. It makes a useful reading on Himachal Himalayas, where there is little scholarly work. It ranks one of the best in the field.
    by nitika sharma on 26th Sep 2006
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