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Winged Faith


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Acknowledgments Note on Translation List of Abbreviations Introduction: Toward Cultural Understanding 1. Becoming God: The Story of Sathya Sai Baba 2. Deus Loci: Economies of Faith, Sacred Travel, and the Building of a Moral Architecture 3. Illusion, Play, and Work in a Moral Community: Divine Darshan and the Practices of Transnational Devotion 4. Renegotiating the Body: Muscular Morality, Truancy, and the Satisfaction of Desire 5. Secrecy, Ambiguity, Truth, and Power: The Global Sai Organization and the Anti-Sai Network 6. Out of God's Hands: Reframing Material Worlds In Lieu of a Conclusion: Some Thoughts on Cultural Translation and Engaged Cosmopolitanism Appendix Notes References Index

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Tulasi Srinivas shows a superb ability to juxtapose contemporary theoretical concerns among scholars of globalization and transnational theory with ethnographic work done on a growing Indian tradition. Adept at negotiating the intricacies of many academic dialogues, Srinivas shows she is a polyglot intellectual. -- Deepak Sarma, Case Western University This is a wonderful book that can be read on two levels. One: as the fascinating story of how a religious movement spread from India throughout the world, with many vignettes that will stay in one's mind. And two: as a very instructive demonstration that cultural globalization is not a one-way process dominated by the West, but an interaction between cultures, with some processes going from East to West. -- Peter L. Berger, Boston University

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Tulasi Srinivas is assistant professor of anthropology at Emerson College, specializing in South Asia, with a focus on issues of globalization, religion, and identity.


A welcome addition to our catalog of religious movements and a timely reminder that circulation does not flow in only one direction-and never will again. -- Jack David Eller Anthropology Review Database [An] informative and erudite book. -- Alexandra Kent Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute a rich and challenging text. -- Hanna H. Kim H-Asia Winged Faith is a readable and carefully documented account of an extraordinary modern religious figure, but its appeal is much wider. It is an important contribution to the literature on globalization and a valuable corrective to the pervasive view that globalization, especially cultural globalization, is simply westernization. -- Bryan S. Turner Society It is a book that should be widely read by scholars and people coming from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. -- Amit Chaturvedi Contemporary South Asia Srinivas' impressive study argues for new visions of pluralism that hinge upon an engaged cosmopolitanism...One hopes Srinivas' impressive work will be read by scholars from numerous fields, as its reach is incredibly broad. -- Jeffrey M. Brackett Journal of Hindu Studies

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