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

Alexander Rocklin

Abstract

How can religious freedom be granted to people who do not have a religion? While Indian indentured workers in colonial Trinidad practiced cherished rituals, "Hinduism" was not a widespread category in India at the time. On this Caribbean island, people of South Asian descent and African descent came together-under the watchful eyes of the British rulers-to walk on hot coals for fierce goddesses, summon spirits of the dead, or honor Muslim martyrs, practices that challenged colonial norms for religion and race. Drawing deeply on colonial archives, Alexander Rocklin examines the role of the cate ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, Caribbean religions, colonialism, secularism, religious freedom, tolerance, religion and race, world religions, Indian diaspora, indentured labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648712
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648712.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Rocklin, author
College of Idaho

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