Sacred Space, Deity's Face: 'Sattvicification' as a strategy to set up and maintain the Shree Raam Mandir in Wijchen as a sacred site

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSacred Spaces and Contested Identities
    Subtitle of host publicationSpace and Ritual Dynamics in Europe and Africa
    EditorsPaul Post, Philip Nel, Walter van Beek
    Place of PublicationTrenton/London/Cape Town/Nairobi/Addis Ababa/Asmara/Ibadan/New Delhi
    PublisherAfrica World Press
    Pages331-344
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9781592219544, 9781592219551
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • sacred space
    • rites and ceremonies
    • group identity

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    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). [18] Africa World Press.