Kerala Hinduism

George Pati

in Hinduism

ISBN: 9780195399318
Published online July 2012 | | DOI:
Kerala Hinduism


Kerala, the southwesternmost state in peninsular India, is situated between the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, occupying a total area of 24,148 square miles, with a coastline of 360 miles. Kerala’s socioreligious and cultural matrix, an amalgam of native and foreign cultures and creeds, shapes its distinctive culture. Today, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam remain the major religious traditions of Kerala. This bibliographic essay offers sources that discuss Hindu traditions of Kerala, emphasizing the historical continuities of Hindu traditions based on local gods and goddesses, places, pilgrimages, temples, and rituals and performances, all of which express myriad aspects of the diversity and complexity of the tradition called Hinduism.

Article.  4383 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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