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  1. Hawley’s Sūr—and Beyond: A Review Article of Recent Publications (and More) by John Stratton Hawley.John E. Cort - 2020 - International Journal of Hindu Studies 24 (1):125-142.
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    The Mothers and Daughters of Bhakti: Janābāī in Marathi Literature.Madhuri Deshmukh - 2020 - International Journal of Hindu Studies 24 (1):33-59.
    This article focuses on the writings of the lonely, orphaned poet Janābāī, a popular figure believed to have lived in fourteenth-century Maharashtra. By studying the oral tradition of grind-mill songs with which Janābāī is associated as a neglected field of bhakti composition, this article seeks to recuperate the elements of absence, exile, and dislocation central to the devotional lives and experience of bhakti poets, especially those like Janābāī who were and continue to be marginalized by gender and caste. Examining the (...)
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    Some Reflections on the Meaning of Dīkṣā in Kerala According to Mātṛsadbhāvatantra.Maciej Karasinski - 2020 - International Journal of Hindu Studies 24 (1):107-124.
    One of the most important Hindu Tantric rites is known as dīkṣā, an initiation that grants access to mystical knowledge. This initiation enables the individual to perform rites on their own and learn secret spiritual practices from an enlightened master of the tradition. A person who undergoes dīkṣā is never a mere spectator of ritual ceremonies; rather they play an important role in the rituals: they are cognizant of the esoteric techniques and powerful incantations involved. The aim of this article (...)
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  4. Mobility, Adaptability, and Accessibility: “Cute” Hanumān Figures Among Surinamese Hindu Children in The Netherlands.Priya Swamy & Albertina Nugteren - 2020 - International Journal of Hindu Studies 24 (1):1-32.
    This article asks how the popular deity Hanumān has become one of the central figures for mobilizing a Surinamese Dutch Hindu “devotional public” with a specific appeal to preteen children in The Netherlands. The authors address this research question by examining a particular form of Hanumān, that of the “cuddly” or “cute” Hanumān that has been popularized in animated films such as Return of Hanuman and in cuddly toys sold at specialty stores and market stalls in The Netherlands. Building on (...)
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  5. The Rādhāsoāmī Theory of Subtle Body as an Expression of Religious Inclusivism.Jarosław Zapart - 2020 - International Journal of Hindu Studies 24 (1):61-86.
    This article looks at the yogic theory of subtle body as a hermeneutical and pedagogical tool used by the Rādhāsoāmī tradition to construct an inclusivist strategy for appropriating other religious systems. When constructing the theory of surat-śabd-yoga, the Rādhāsoāmīs took the haṭha yoga of the Nāths as a vital reference point. While rejecting the corporeal techniques of haṭha yoga, they remained influenced by the Nāth theory of subtle body. A thorough modification and expansion of this theory enabled the Rādhāsoāmīs to (...)
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