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Category: Religion -> Eastern Religions -> Inventory #13936
Logic in a Popular Form Essays on Popular Religion in Bengal
Banerjee,Sumanta
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Publisher: Seagull Books
Place: Calcutta
Year: 2002
ISBN: 8170461626
Binding: Cloth
Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Taking its title from Karl Marx's description of religion as 'the general theory of this world...[and] its logic in a popular form', this volume of essays explores the hidden logic behind the popular construction of certain myths, beliefs about godlings and spirits, and cross-religious cults, viewing them as popular inventions attempting to make sense of human existence in the face of an overwhelming and often hostile environment. These religious manifestations of popular logic are fluid, ever-changing, and always innovative. They represent an alternative stream running parallel to, and often challenging, the more strictly structured beliefs and practices of the Indian religious establishments, whether Hindu, Islamic or Christian. The essays in this book are an attempt to rediscover some of the important aspects of this multi-faceted phenomenon of popular religion in the context of nineteenth-century Bengal, including tracing the impact of urbanisation, colonialism, and nationalism. 233pp.Tail of spine dented ,slight marking to boards,corners bumped.
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