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1. Title Title of document Role of the Guru - AoL East and West
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen; University of Tromsø.; Norway
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Milda Ališauskienė; Vytautas Magnus University; Lithuania
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James R. Lewis; University of Tromsø; Norway
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Ravi Shankar; charismatic leaders; spiritual leaders; spiritual authority
6. Description Abstract Chapter Three analyzes the role and place of Ravi Shankar, the process of his charismatization, as well as the attitudes of members toward the leader and his legitimization from the perspective of the sociology of religion. The analysis reveals that individuals express special attitudes toward the leader of the group: that, on the one hand, modern individuals sought liberation from institutionalized religion but at the same time they were searching for spiritual authority. Interviews with members of the AoL reveal diverse concepts of the spiritual leader. Contrary to the traditionally accepted understanding of a spiritual leader as the head of authority, the narratives revealed an understanding of the spiritual leader as both an advisor and a service provider.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 23-Jul-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.22335
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; AoL East and West
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) international,
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd