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4. Blessings beyond Time and Place: The Fluid Nature of Narrative Tradition in Contemporary Hinduism

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1. Title Title of document 4. Blessings beyond Time and Place: The Fluid Nature of Narrative Tradition in Contemporary Hinduism - Vernacular Knowledge
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Martin Wood; University of Bristol
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Ethnography
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5. Subject Subject classification vernacular religion
6. Description Abstract The popular Gujarati saint Jalaram Bapa physically passed away nearly a century and a half ago and there is no one alive today who could speak of having any kind of direct recollection or memory of him or his wife Virbai Ma. His life, miracles, healings and teachings have not been forgotten, however and since his death the Jalaram tradition has developed into a substantial expression of globalized Hinduism in the contemporary world. Furthermore, the authoritative literature on his life, Bhakta Shree Jalaram (Rajdev 1958) has been expanded and stretched, added to, interpreted, translated, reformatted and re-contextualised, culturally, socially, geographically and materially. This article examines these strategies of recollection and considers the ways in which memories of Jalaram have been preserved, transmitted, multiplied and transformed as they have travelled from Gujarat to East Africa, back to Gujarat and out into multiple diasporic contexts simultaneously. Furthermore, I also suggest that the manner in which the memories of Jalaram Bapa have been preserved and transmitted are as contested as they are diverse. 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 24-Oct-2022
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.29213
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Vernacular Knowledge
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
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