Religion and Social System of the Vīraśaiva Community

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 148 pages
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Using original religious-philosophical texts and sociological research, the author explores the various dimensions of the Virasaiva religious tradition. His sociological analyses of the monastic organization and social structure, the family and the community, the roles of women, and the future of the community emphasize the intricate relationship between religion and the social system. This study of a largely unknown religious community demonstrates how the followers of Virasaivism, known as Lingayats, have been adapting to the changing milieu in North America while retaining the religion's core values. Dr. Chekki shows the interplay between tradition and modernity as the Virasaivas attempt to maintain a distinct identity while adopting the ways of modern culture.

 

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Contents

Social Equality and Inequality
57
The SocioEthical Codes of Conduct
63
Family and Community 18801950
69
Contemporary Family and Community 1951 1996
81
The Status and Roles of Women
95
Knowledge and Society
107
Intellectuals and Culture
119
Notes
127
References
133
Index
143
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About the author (1997)

DAN A. CHEKKI is Professor of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg. His books include "New Communities in a Changing World" (1996), "American Sociological Hegemony" (1987), and "Modernization and Kin Network" (1974).

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