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Christianity in IndiaFrom Beginnings to the Present$
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Robert Eric Frykenberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.001.0001

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ĀVARNA CHRISTIANS AND CONVERSION MOVEMENTS

ĀVARNA CHRISTIANS AND CONVERSION MOVEMENTS

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(p.206) 8 ĀVARNA CHRISTIANS AND CONVERSION MOVEMENTS
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Christianity in India
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Robert Eric Frykenberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the conversion of āvarnas in India. Some communities have seemed much more open to the Gospel and more susceptible to turning to the Christian faith than others. Mass conversions occurred mainly among āvarna and adivāsi peoples. The terms āvarna and adivāsi are Brahmanical, or Sanskriti, categories of analysis. As such, they have been applied to peoples that, in terms of ritual pollution, lie outside the bounds of ritual purity as defined within varnāshramadharma or as belonging to Sanskriti.

Keywords:   India, religions conversion, mass conversion, āvarna, adivāsi

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