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By David Mosse

The Saint within the Banyan Tree is a nuanced and traditionally persuasive exploration of Christianity’s amazing trajectory as a social and cultural strength in southern India. beginning within the 17th century, whilst the faith was once built-in into Tamil associations of caste and well known religiosity, this examine strikes into the 20th century, while Christianity turned an unforeseen resource of radical transformation for the country’s ‘untouchables’ (dalits). Mosse indicates how caste was once relevant to the way different types of ‘religion’ and ‘culture’ have been shaped and negotiated in missionary encounters, and the way the social and semiotic probabilities of Christianity result in a brand new politic of equivalent rights in South India. Skillfully combining archival learn with anthropological fieldwork, this publication examines the total cultural effect of Christianity on Indian spiritual, social and political existence. Connecting old ethnography to the preoccupations of clergymen and Jesuit social activists, Mosse throws new gentle at the modern nature of caste, conversion, non secular synthesis, secularization, dalit politics, the inherent tensions of spiritual pluralism, and the fight for popularity between subordinated people.

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