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Das South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ) veröffentlichte kürzlich eine Special Edition zum Thema „Wayside Shrines: Everyday Religion in Urban India“. Diese Ausgabe enthält einen einführenden Artikel von Borayin Larios (Abteilung Kultur- und Religionsgeschichte Südasiens) gemeinsam mit Raphaël Voix mit dem Titel „Introduction. Wayside Shrines in India: An Everyday Defiant Religiosity“ und Larios´ Artikel zum Thema „From the Heavens to the Streets: Pune’s Wayside Shrines“.
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Borayin Larios and Raphaël Voix: Introduction. Wayside Shrines in India: An Everyday Defiant Religiosity
Drawing on this special issue’s ethnographic data and analysis this introduction aims to offer an analytical framework for understanding the notion of wayside shrines. It does so by defining wayside shrines as sites that enshrine a worshipped object that is immediately adjacent to a public path, visible from it and accessible to any passerby. Further, we argue that wayside shrines are spaces in which we can observe a unique form of everyday religiosity that challenges sedimented discourses and practices at three different scales: at the level of the individual, of the community, and of the state.
Borayin Larios: From the Heavens to the Streets: Pune’s Wayside Shrines
This article presents the results from brief ethnographic research conducted in 2016 in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. Through two case studies of wayside shrines in Pune—the first, a tiny pavement shrine which is steadily growing in popularity, and the second, a small shrine turned into an extravagant temple in just a few years—I consider them as more than just spontaneous expressions of devotion. Taking into consideration the roles that urban conditions and social configurations have been playing in how social actors forge connections between localities and different communities, this paper will look at how these shrines can be spaces of creative subversion of the established socio-religious order and its structures of power. In in this contribution, I argue that the wayside shrine reveals the blurred boundaries between the rural and the urban, the sacred and the mundane, the institutionalized and the popular as well as the legal and the illegal.
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