Performing for the gods? dance and embodied ritual in British Hindu temples

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/300678
Title:
Performing for the gods? dance and embodied ritual in British Hindu temples
Authors:
David, Ann R.
Abstract:
Recent ethnographic work in Tamil Hindu temples in London has revealed a new display of performed religious expression that ranges from the bodily movements of the priests during ritual to trance dance and classical Bharatanatyam dance performance. This article examines the performativity of such events, looking at their manifestations through the lens of both anthropological theory and that of performance studies. It considers how such embodied practices are ‘performances of faith’, and how this is manifest through the concepts of rasa and darshan, as found in Hindu ritual. The production and confirmation of a specific British Tamil Hindu identity through such performativity is discussed.
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
South Asian Popular Culture
Issue Date:
1-Oct-2009
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1446680903125580
DOI:
10.1080/1446680903125580
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1474-6689
EISSN:
1474-6697
Appears in Collections:
Department of Dance Collection

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dc.description.abstractRecent ethnographic work in Tamil Hindu temples in London has revealed a new display of performed religious expression that ranges from the bodily movements of the priests during ritual to trance dance and classical Bharatanatyam dance performance. This article examines the performativity of such events, looking at their manifestations through the lens of both anthropological theory and that of performance studies. It considers how such embodied practices are ‘performances of faith’, and how this is manifest through the concepts of rasa and darshan, as found in Hindu ritual. The production and confirmation of a specific British Tamil Hindu identity through such performativity is discussed.en_GB
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dc.publisherRoutledgeen_GB
dc.subjectritualen_GB
dc.subjectperformanceen_GB
dc.subjectTamil Hindusen_GB
dc.subjecttrance danceen_GB
dc.titlePerforming for the gods? dance and embodied ritual in British Hindu templesen
dc.typeArticleen
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