//Understanding Religion Contextually

Understanding Religion Contextually

This is a study of the empirical dimension of religious behaviour as modulated by market forces in daily life, to understand religion as a vital aspect of day to day life of its followers. The present volume is not a textual study of religion, but is contextual. The aim of this volume is to understand the changing nature of religiosity and communal consciousness in Gujarat, particularly through sacred Space, Time and Persons. Time and Space are essential features of ritual action.

This volume maps all shrines, classifies them by size, age and evolution and gives pictures of some selected shrines. It also looks into multiple religious sects. Finally the volume discusses the changes in religiosity and social behaviour in Gujarat.

The study is focused in Vadodara district and the town of Dabhoi, Vadu and Jabugam villages. The book has two parts: the first explores the Sacred Space and the second discusses the sacred time and role of religious personnel. The first chapter is a lengthy introduction. The second is a mapping of shrines in selected sites. The third chapter is a pictorial view of the evolution of select shrines. The fourth deals with the changes in shrines: moving away from the classical system. The fifth chapter is the changing patterns: Upsurgence in religiosity and celebration of Religious festivals. The sixth looks at the role of religious consciousness in promoting religiosity and consciousness. The seventh chapter is about State intervention in the functioning of religious shrines. The eighth looks at the behavioural changes in religiosity, castes and politics. I do not think there is any other study dealing with these temples; in that sense this is a unique study and is welcome.

  • Joseph Mattam, SJ

  • Title: Changing Character of Religiosity in Gujarat: Sacred Space, Time and Persona
  • Authors: Jayesh Shah and Lancy Lobo
  • Publisher: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, Anand
  • Pages: 248 
  • Price: Rs. 400