My main focus is on the idea of ritual purity as a quality held high in this particular non-brahmanic Hindu temple in the Netherlands. The process of 'sattvicification' may have similarities with generally recognized processes such as 'brahmanization', 'agamization', 'yogaization' and 'vedantaization', but something more is at stake here. I suggest that some factors in this process are the awareness of the Western gaze, and a deeply felt urge to create a truely sacred site after having been forced to make do with improvised places for so long.
|Title of host publication||Sacred Spaces and Contested Identities|
|Subtitle of host publication||Space and Ritual Dynamics in Europe and Africa|
|Editors||Paul Post, Philip Nel, Walter van Beek|
|Place of Publication||Trenton/London/Cape Town/Nairobi/Addis Ababa/Asmara/Ibadan/New Delhi|
|Publisher||Africa World Press|
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Print)||9781592219544, 9781592219551|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- sacred space
- rites and ceremonies
- group identity
Nugteren, A. (2014). Sacred Space, Deity's Face: 'Sattvicification' as a strategy to set up and maintain the Shree Raam Mandir in Wijchen as a sacred site. In P. Post, P. Nel, & W. van Beek (Eds.), Sacred Spaces and Contested Identities: Space and Ritual Dynamics in Europe and Africa (pp. 331-344).  Africa World Press.