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Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in AmericaKorean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations$
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Pyong Gap Min

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795859

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795859.001.0001

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Ethnographic Research on the Hindu Temple Society of North America

Ethnographic Research on the Hindu Temple Society of North America

(p.91) 5 Ethnographic Research on the Hindu Temple Society of North America
Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America

Pyong Gap Min

NYU Press

This chapter turns to the Hindu Temple Society of North America for ethnographic information about the Hindu temples' ethnicity functions. It shows that while members of Shin Kwang Church preserve their ethnicity mainly through church-related close fellowship and active social networks, the Hindu Temple Society does not contribute much to its devotees' fellowship. Instead, the temple contributes to Indian Hindu immigrants' ethnicity by reproducing Indian cultural traditions and enhancing ethnic identity through its architecture, rituals, and cultural activities. The chapter begins by describing the history, location, and structure of the Hindu Temple Society of North America. It then discusses programs and activities for fellowship and ethnic networks; preservation of ethnic culture and identity; and patriarchal traditions and gender hierarchy in Hindu temples.

Keywords:   Hinduism, Hindu Temple Society, Indian Americans, ethnicity, Indian immigrants, fellowship

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