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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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Making World Religions

Making World Religions

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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 explores the short-lived Trinidad Hindu Mahasabha, which endeavored to articulate a Hindu identity that transcended local politics and concerns of "orthodox" and "reform," in order to unify all Hindus in Trinidad and allow them to take their place, on an equal footing, along with Christianity, Islam, and the other "world religions," on the international stage. This chapter shows the ways in which world religion operated as a lived category for particular communities: how local groups imagined and performed transnational Hindu identities through the consumption and distribution of print media and the promotion and performance of physical culture.

Keywords:   Hinduism, Hindu, Sanatana Dharma, conversion, religious equality

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