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Religions 2016, 7(1), 8;

Sensing Hinduism: Lucian-Indian Funeral “Feast” as Glocalized Ritual1

1,†,* and 2,†
Department of Political Science, Liberal Arts Studies, Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501, USA
Department of Sociology, Randolph College, 2500 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Peter Iver Kaufman and Victor Roudometof
Received: 15 October 2015 / Revised: 17 December 2015 / Accepted: 24 December 2015 / Published: 6 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glocal Religions)
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Migrant narratives of Indo-Caribbean religious practices in the smaller island states of the Caribbean are rare, and that Diaspora’s funerary traditions are even less explored. This scholarly lacuna is addressed here by using data from ethnographic research conducted in St. Lucia to examine the funerary ritual of a Lucian-Indian “feast” through the multidisciplinary lens of glocalization. Specifically, we investigate the following: (a) ways that the diasporic identity of Lucian-Indians has been adapted and re-configured within a local-global nexus; (b) the extent to which there has been a local construction of a distinct socio-spatial identity among Lucian-Indians, one retaining “Hinduness” even as they assimilated into the larger St. Lucian society; and (c) whether glocal characteristics can be identified in the performance of a particular funeral feast. Following Roudometof, we posit that many aspects of a Lucian-Indian ethno-religious funerary ritual demonstrate indigenized and transnational glocalization. View Full-Text
Keywords: globalization; glocalization; glocal ethnography; Caribbean; St. Lucia; Indo-Caribbean; Hindu; funeral globalization; glocalization; glocal ethnography; Caribbean; St. Lucia; Indo-Caribbean; Hindu; funeral

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