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The Resource Reflections of Amma : devotees in a global embrace, Amanda J. Lucia

Reflections of Amma : devotees in a global embrace, Amanda J. Lucia

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Reflections of Amma : devotees in a global embrace
Title
Reflections of Amma
Title remainder
devotees in a global embrace
Statement of responsibility
Amanda J. Lucia
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Globally known as Amma, meaning Mother, Mata Amritanandamayi has developed a massive transnational humanitarian organization based in hugs. She is familiar to millions as the "hugging saint," a moniker that derives from her elaborate darshan programs wherein nearly every day 10,000 people are embraced by the guru one at a time, events that routinely last 10-20 hours without any rest for her. Although she was born in 1953 as a low caste girl in a southern Indian fishing village, today millions revere her as guru and goddess, a living embodiment of the divine on earth. Reflections of Amma focuses on communities of Amma's devotees in the United States, showing how they endeavor to mirror their guru's behaviors and transform themselves to emulate the ethos of the movement. This study argues that "inheritors" and "adopters" of Hindu traditions differently interpret Hindu goddesses, Amma, and her relation to feminism and women's empowerment because of their inherited religious, cultural, and political dispositions. In this insightful ethnographic analysis, Lucia discovers how the politics of American multiculturalism reifies these cultural differences in "de facto congregations," despite the fact that Amma's embrace attempts to erase communal boundaries in favor of global unity"--
  • "Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) is the face of religion in the a new global age. Born in 1953 to a low-caste family in a southern Indian fishing village, she has catapulted to international prominence in recent decades through her travels, humanitarian programs, and the ever-increasing explosion of new centers in and outside of India, including the US, Canada, Europe, East Asia, Africa, and South America. Today 8-10 million people around the world identify as Amma devotees. Known throughout the world as the "hugging saint," she is famous for her elaborate darshan ceremonies, where as many as 50,000 people are embraced by the guru one at a time -- an event that can take up to three days and nights nonstop. This book is an in-depth examination of the Amma phenomenon and her American devotees. Amanda J. Huffer suggests that standard dichotomies within American religious studies are being broken down as notions of self and other, Asia and the West, goddess and human, become unsettled by way of Amma's highly performative darshan events. Huffer argues that an unprecedented egalitarian impulse is taking shape within the community, one that challenges long-held interpretations of Hindu religiosity and goddess worship. Through an in-depth ethnographic encounter with Amma devotees, she skillfully examines the new face of this fast-growing global religious movement"--
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1977-
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Lucia, Amanda J.
Dewey number
294.5092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • photographs
Index
index present
LC call number
BL1278.1592.A67
LC item number
L83 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Amritanandamayi
  • Amritanandamayi
  • Mata Amritanandamayi Mission
  • Hinduism
  • Amritanandamayi
  • Mata Amritanandamayi Mission
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • Disciples
  • Hinduism
  • United States
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Reflections of Amma : devotees in a global embrace, Amanda J. Lucia
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Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Chicago, 2010)
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-293) and index
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Contents
Machine generated contents note: List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Language -- INTRODUCTION -- Situating Amma as Female Guru in the Context of American Multiculturalism -- ONE -- A Darshan Embrace: Experiencing Authenticity and Feeling Recognition -- TWO -- Devi Bhava: Revelation and Performance of the Guru as Goddess -- THREE -- The Avatar-Guru and Ordinary Women: the Boundaries of Mimetic Behavioral Models -- FOUR -- Culturally-Situated Testimonies: Differing Interpretations of the Role of the Goddess -- FIVE -- Congregational Dynamics: Growing Pains En Route from the Particular to the Universal -- CONCLUSION -- Multiculturalism, Universalism, and Communal Identity: the Guru in the American Diaspora -- APPENDIX I: -- Current Literature Engaging the Field of Contemporary Gurus -- NOTES -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- INDEX
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868068549
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9780520958074
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illustrations, photographs
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Label
Reflections of Amma : devotees in a global embrace, Amanda J. Lucia
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Chicago, 2010)
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-293) and index
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Language -- INTRODUCTION -- Situating Amma as Female Guru in the Context of American Multiculturalism -- ONE -- A Darshan Embrace: Experiencing Authenticity and Feeling Recognition -- TWO -- Devi Bhava: Revelation and Performance of the Guru as Goddess -- THREE -- The Avatar-Guru and Ordinary Women: the Boundaries of Mimetic Behavioral Models -- FOUR -- Culturally-Situated Testimonies: Differing Interpretations of the Role of the Goddess -- FIVE -- Congregational Dynamics: Growing Pains En Route from the Particular to the Universal -- CONCLUSION -- Multiculturalism, Universalism, and Communal Identity: the Guru in the American Diaspora -- APPENDIX I: -- Current Literature Engaging the Field of Contemporary Gurus -- NOTES -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- INDEX
Control code
868068549
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 304 pages)
File format
unknown
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online
Isbn
9780520958074
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unknown
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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c
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 560317
  • 6fe9693a-231b-48e0-bd07-e37c51cb3e32
  • 22573/ctt5dr61g
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)868068549

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