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Expanding Turf for Racial and Religious Others

Corinne G. Dempsey

in The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195187298
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195187296.003.0009
 Expanding Turf for Racial and Religious Others

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This chapter highlights some of the ups and downs of converging ethnicities and religions as experienced by temple participants and Rush community members, and contextualizes this discussion by offering background information on the history of South Asian immigration to North America. It begins by describing childhood encounters with racism and intolerance as related by second-generation South Asian temple members, and includes European American accounts of religious exclusion while in India. Also recounted are temple neighbors’ perceptions of and reactions to a Hindu temple moving next door. The chapter ends with theologies built upon the realities of religious pluralism espoused by Aiya and temple devotees. Aiya’s favorite pluralism story involving a miraculous cure attributed to Padre Pio, a recently canonized Catholic saint, is presented.

Keywords: racism; ethnicity; intolerance; immigration; second generation; neighbors; pluralism; Padre Pio; miraculous

Chapter.  10707 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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