Chapter

· The Experience

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0002
· The Experience

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This chapter begins with the act of worship itself—the sort of action that constitutes the core of Hindu ritual life, introducing the general vocabulary of Hindu worship by following an observant Brahmin out the door as he begins his day as a computer repairman somewhere in Tamil Nadu. The discussion uses the occasion to speak about vows (vrata), acts of praise and service to the gods (puja), offerings of fire and light (arati), and the food that is exchanged between human beings and divinities (prasada).

Keywords: Hindu ritual life; worship; Brahmin; Tamil Nadu; vows; praise; offering

Chapter.  3484 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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