Money, Monasteries, and Monism: Fashioning Hindu Selves in Colonial South India
Presentation by Visiting Assistant Professor Eric Steinschneider.
This talk theorizes Hindu selfhood in modernity with reference to the Kovilur Atinam, a monastic institution in Tamil-speaking South India founded by the wealthy merchant Mutturamalinga Swamigal (1791-1847). Examining the significance of this figure’s life story for the local community, I explore how social aspirations, traditions of monastic authority, and vernacular religious literature participate in the formation of contemporary Hindu identities.
Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00pm
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