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Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth: Adventures in Comparative Religion

Corinne G. Dempsey

Abstract

Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth celebrates the merits of carefully contextualized comparison as an illuminating approach to the study of religion. Drawing from ethnographical work in several sites over a period of sixteen years, Dempsey juxtaposes Hindu and Christian, Indian and Euroamerican religious expressions that take shape as folklore figures, democratizing theologies, sanctified terrain, and extraordinary human abilities. She uncovers how these expressions, all of which lend sacred meaning and power to the material realities of religious participants, push against systems ... More

Keywords: comparison, ethnography, Hindu, Christian, material religion, democratizing religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860333
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860333.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corinne G. Dempsey, author
Nazareth College

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