Becoming Religious in a Secular Age Mark Elmore

ISBN: 9780520290532

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362 pages


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Becoming Religious in a Secular Age  by  Mark Elmore

Becoming Religious in a Secular Age by Mark Elmore
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Religion is commonly viewed as a timeless element of the human inheritance, but in the Western Himalayas the community ofHimachal Pradeshdiscovered its religion only after India became an independent secular state.Based on extensive ethnographic andMoreReligion is commonly viewed as a timeless element of the human inheritance, but in the Western Himalayas the community of Himachal Pradesh discovered its religion only after India became an independent secular state. Based on extensive ethnographic and archival work, Becoming Religious in a Secular Age tells the story of this discovery and how it transformed a communitys relations to its past, to its members, and to those outside the community.

And, as Mark Elmore demonstrates, Himachali religion offers a unique opportunity to reimagine relations between religion and secularity. Tracing the emergence of religion, Elmore shows that modern secularity is not so much the eradication of religion as the very condition for its development. Showing us that to become a modern, ethical subject is to become religious, this book creatively augments our understanding of both religion and modernity.



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