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<i>ĀVARNA</i> CHRISTIANS AND CONVERSION MOVEMENTS

Robert Eric Frykenberg

in Christianity in India

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780198263777
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191714191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.003.0008

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 ĀVARNA CHRISTIANS AND CONVERSION MOVEMENTS

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This chapter focuses on the conversion of āvarnas in India. Some communities have seemed much more open to the Gospel and more susceptible to turning to the Christian faith than others. Mass conversions occurred mainly among āvarna and adivāsi peoples. The terms āvarna and adivāsi are Brahmanical, or Sanskriti, categories of analysis. As such, they have been applied to peoples that, in terms of ritual pollution, lie outside the bounds of ritual purity as defined within varnāshramadharma or as belonging to Sanskriti.

Keywords: India; religions conversion; mass conversion; āvarna; adivāsi

Chapter.  16852 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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