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Reliving Christian Life in the Globalized World Today : Cultural Celebrations in Urban Churches of Mumbai
Authorship Description
Dr. (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder.
Bibliographical Details xviii, 338 p. ills. (partly col.). maps. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481093
ISBN-13 9789351481096, 978-9351481096
Year of Publication 2016.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 32.
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The first of its kind, this fascinating, exploratory and descriptive yet empirical study explores what compels Mumbaikars, i.e., urbanites to indulge in religious activities. Using Symbolic and Interpretive Anthropology, the role that symbols play in society and the theories of Cultural Anthropologists like Geertz and Turner; it delves deeper into how people celebrate an experience, how experiences become part of culture and how culture is renewed. Moreover, devotional practices are in reality a safety-valve that helps people to keep their sanity in a complex "electronic" world. The book is firmly grounded on careful and painstaking study on two contextualized cultural performances of Christians in Mumbai, i.e., Novena at St. Michael's Church and Pilgrimage at Mount Mary's Basilica. The author has prudently analyzed and interpreted the same and has succinctly presented her unique and revealing research findings together with a few recommendations. The book is a scientific study offered by the author as an easy to read guide. It will surely be beneficial for research in Sociology, Anthropology and Religion.




1. Introduction

2. Understanding Culture : Symbolic and Interpretive Anthropology - Geertz and Turner

3. An Overview of Christians in Mumbai

4. Popular `Cultural Performance' : The Novena at Mahim

5. Christian Transformative Site at Mahim : Analysis and Interpretation

6. Over-four-hundred-year-old Pilgrimage at Bandra

7. Pilgrimage Centre : A Cathartic Effect

8. Bandra Fair : Crossing Boundaries

9. Major Findings : Beyond Religious Boundaries


Dr. (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sophia College, Mumbai). She is a brilliant student and a committed creative educationist. Sr. Sodder is a first class first double Post Graduate in Sociology and History; has a Bachelor of Education in English and History and a PhD in Anthropology - all from the University of Mumbai. She is passionate about Sociological & Environmental issues; and is a resource person for Eco-Spirituality, Value Education, Women Empowerment and Inter-Faith Dialogue. She also writes in religious and secular magazines, newspapers and presents research papers at National Seminars and Conferences. Presently, she teaches at St. Xavier's College of Management and Technology, Patna, Bihar and is the President of (FOIM) Fellowship of Indian Missiologists.

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