Hindu Theology in Early Modern South Asia: The Rise of Devotionalism
and the Politics of Genealogy.
The rise of "bourgeois" morality and devotionalism
in New Spain, late 17th to early 18th century
Abstract: Quebecois wayside crosses have been described as a tradition attacked on two fronts: by a modernizing postconciliar Catholic church seeking to limit devotionalism
and by secularizing officials seeking to create a religiously neutral public sphere.
Speaking personally--a modern, Catholic, intellectual, politically liberal scholar who is also intrigued by devotionalism
and who rarely lets a week go by without saying a rosary--where is there a place for a person like me?
After a historical introduction to both the Psalms and bhakti poetry, we first use the Book of Psalms to establish categories by which to examine the bhakti literature; second, we adopt the reverse tactic, looking into characteristics indigenous to Hindu devotionalism
in order to ponder the Psalms anew.
Betteridge lays out his thesis immediately: "that More seeks to develop a distinctive position that combines late medieval devotionalism
with an Augustan emphasis on the ethics of writing and reading" (156).
The Mystics and the Early English Printers: The Economics of Devotionalism
Almost simultaneously, but from a different perspective, Lenski (9) focused on four core dimensions--doctrinal orthodoxy, devotionalism
, associational religiosity (i.
After all, this Catholicism shared a common institutional structure, a universal acquiescence to a well-entrenched hierarchical form of governance, doctrinal formulations and liturgical language as laid down by the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century, the enthusiastic embrace of ultramontane piety and devotionalism
of the nineteenth century, and, finally, a view from Rome that, until 1908, essentially lumped the mission territories of British North America together as the Vatican monitored the activities of Catholics in the New World.
attracted thousands of passionate believers to temples and pilgrimage sites.
Nevertheless, long-distance trade flourished during this period, facilitating the development of universalizing strands of bhakti devotionalism
, which situated the subcontinent's innumerable local cults within an Indo-Aryan cosmology.
43) While guru communities are still occasionally viewed askance among the general American populace, the ideas of karma yoga, hatha yoga, bhakti devotionalism
, and ashram retreats have become integrated into the kaleidoscopic lens of popular American alternative religiosities.