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Document Type(s):Journal Article
Article/Chapter Title:Pilgrimmage with Krishna, Soveriegn of Emotions
Journal Title:Contributions to Indian Sociology
Author(s):Lynch, Owen
Date of Publication:1988
Issue:no. 2
Annotation:Lynch’s study of the Vaishnavite Hindu pilgrimage to Mathura city, called the caurasi kos parikrama (circumambulation of Braj) or ban yatra (forest pilgrimage), is based on sixteen months of interviews, participant observation, and analysis of printed materials. Describing the stations, structure, and root paradigm of the pilgrimage, the author reflects on the interconnections between the natural world and the emotional experience of the pilgrim. He concludes with some general critiques of Western, academic stereotypes of Hinduism as otherworldly, ascetic, or primarily metaphorical and visual.
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