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Religions 2018, 9(2), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9020057

Against Vaiṣṇava Deviance: Brāhmaṇical and Bhadralok Alliance in Bengal

Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
Received: 29 October 2017 / Revised: 29 January 2018 / Accepted: 4 February 2018 / Published: 11 February 2018
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This article sets out to problematise the notion that late nineteenth and early twentieth century Vaiṣṇava anti-sahajiyā polemics can be taken as a definitive index of colonial wrought rupture within Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism. It proceeds by (1) drawing attention to oblique, yet unmistakably polemical, forms of response to sahajiyā currents in pre-colonial Gauḍīya literature that are indicative of a movement towards a brāhmaṇically-aligned Vaiṣṇava normativity; and (2) highlighting how this movement towards normativity was further fostered in colonial times by Gauḍīya gosvāmī types, who were often extensively involved in bhadralok Vaiṣṇava domains. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gauḍīya; Vaiṣṇava; Bengal; brāhmaṇa; bhadralok; sahajiyā Gauḍīya; Vaiṣṇava; Bengal; brāhmaṇa; bhadralok; sahajiyā
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Wong, L. Against Vaiṣṇava Deviance: Brāhmaṇical and Bhadralok Alliance in Bengal. Religions 2018, 9, 57.

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