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The Regulation of Religion and the Making of Hinduism in Colonial Trinidad$
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Alexander Rocklin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469648712

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648712.001.0001

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Standardizing Sanatana Dharma

Standardizing Sanatana Dharma

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The Regulation of Religion and the Making of Hinduism in Colonial Trinidad

Alexander Rocklin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks at the politics of recognition and "orthodox" Hindu identity, focusing on the competition between two Sanatanist Hindu organizations, the Sanatan Dharma Association and the Sanatan Dharma Board of Control, for representation of the Hindu community. Indian Trinidadian organizing in order to receive religious equality led to contentious projects of religion-making. In this chapter, I attend to the controversies among Sanatanists throughout the 1930s over what Sanatan Dharma (eternal religion or orthodox Hinduism) could and should be, and related contestations over who could count as a Hindu.

Keywords:   obeah, spirits, Afro-Caribbean religions, death, witchcraft trials, religion and law

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