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Hinduism and the Diaspora: A South African Narrative

P. Pratap Kumar (Author)

The book is about how Hinduism arrived in South Africa and has flourished in the last one-and-a-half centuries. It is a narrative of the indentured Indians who arrived in Natal in 1860 and propagated Hindu religion in Southern Africa for the first time. The book also details the unique practices that have emerged in South Africa and how Hinduism in the diaspora could be shaped by local social and patterns. The book reflects the diversity of Hindu practices and the survival of many village traditions that were brought to South Africa.

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About the author

P. Pratap Kumar

P. Pratap Kumar is an emeritus professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, articles in international publications, he has authored and edited several books, such as The Goddess Lakshmi in South Indian Vaishnavism, South Asians in the Diaspora: Their Histories and Traditions (co-editor: Knut Jacobsen) and Religious piuralism and the Diaspora (edited). He is the Associate Editor of the journal -South Asian Diaspora - and also serves on the editorial boards of several other distinguished journals.

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Title Hinduism and the Diaspora: A South African Narrative
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.03.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131605271
length 248p., 22cm.