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New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

Paul Younger


This book is the story of how in six different locations indentured workers from India were able to design Hindu communities for themselves, and how those communities continue to thrive in those postcolonial societies. In the colonial era, the recruitment of workers had many of the features of the earlier slave trade. As the late nineteenth century wore on, however, the colonial regimes in these places lost interest in governing and the workers were largely left to design a culture for themselves. In each location, the Hindu majority among the Indians developed a style of worship that linked t ... More

Keywords: indenture, slave trade, colonial, postcolonial, diaspora, religious community, ritual, religious tradition, field work, new homeland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391640
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391640.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Younger, author
McMast er University