Eating with the Wrong People: What saintsý stories can tell us about Hindu devotion in a segmented society. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!
Date and TimeMonday, February 26, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
- Mary Idema Pew Library
This program will feature a lecture by MSU Religious Studies scholar Dr. Jon Keune who will introduce the Indic word “bhakti,” conventionally translated as devotion or service in the context of Hindu religious traditions. In many Sanskrit texts, however, ‘bhakta’ that is derived from bhakti also refers to food. Dr. Keune will present bhakti poetry and stories as tangible, relatable ways in which the authors tried to reflect, process, and guide social behavior on the basis of religious ideals. As such, they exemplify a much broader, near universal, concern within religious traditions about regulating food production, consumption, and transactions, and in these Indian Hindu instances, meals involving brahman saints and Untouchables. Dr. Keune will use theories of shared devotion and food from traditional Hindu religious and cultural frameworks to reveal how these stories of bhakti saints and Untouchables preserved ambiguity concerning inclusivity and equality.
Dr. Abhishek Ghosh, Religious Studies Program
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