Uprising of the Fools: Pilgrimage as Moral Protest in Contemporary India (South Asia in Motion) Vikash Singh audiobook

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The Kanwar is India's largest annual pilgrimage. Millions of participants gather sacred water from the Ganga and carry it across hundreds of miles to dispense as offerings in Siva shrines. These devotees—called bhola, gullible or fools, and seen as miscreants by many Indians—are mostly young, destitute men, who have been left behind in the globalizing economy. But for these young men, the ordeal of the pilgrimage is not foolish, but a means to master their anxieties and attest their good faith in unfavorable social conditions. Singh walked with the pilgrims and with this book, he highlights how the procession offers a space where participants can prove their talents, resolve, and moral worth. Working across social theory, phenomenology, Indian metaphysics, and psychoanalysis, Singh shows that the pilgrimage provides a place in which participants can simultaneously recreate and prepare for the poor, informal economy and inevitable social uncertainties. In identifying with Siva, who is both Master of the World and yet a pathetic drunkard, participants demonstrate their own sovereignty and desirability despite their stigmatized status. The book shows how religion today is not a retreat into tradition, but an alternative forum for recognition and resistance within a rampant global neoliberalism.

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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503600378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503600379
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  • Hardcover:256 pages
  • Series: South Asia in Motion
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