“Re-Rigging” the Vedas: Examining the Effects of Changing Education and Purity Standards and Political Influence on the Contemporary Hindu Priesthood
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This paper is an effort to demonstrate the ways in which contemporary Hindu priests are defining themselves by using the contrasting and changing standards of modernization and orthodox Sanskritization, and also how they combine these with localized religious customs and traditions. Specifically, I have chosen to examine three themes of the priesthood − education in the Vedic tradition, standards of ritual purity and pollution, and the role between priests and the political powers of their period − in light of both the ancient texts and modernity.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2006
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