What Is The Dispersion Of Hindu-Americans?

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Dispersion from their homeland to the U.S forced Hindus to experience religious disorientation and project new religious, ethnic, and gender identities. As a religious and ethnic minority in the U.S., Hindus have to “recreate” the Hinduism they knew in India to make it more consistent with American life. One of the ways they have done this is by recreating their samskras (rites of passage) such as marriage (note marriage in Hinduism is an important and crucial milestone.) As Gail Sutherland noted “the iconicity of weddings has changed in diaspora as Indian Hindus work out new expressions of community in the American public sphere.” By focusing on the samskara of marriage, we will be able to note how Hindu-Americans have taken a more active role in conceptualizing their religion.…show more content…
To begin with, for many migrant Hindus, Hinduism in India is described as a “way of life” practiced daily, “taken for granted,” without absolutely needing to know what Hinduism is. However, this is not the case in America were temples are not scattered around every block and men and women have accepted certain practices such as arranged marriages. Sutherland found in his research that Hindus in Houston recreated Hinduism by building temples and conceptualizing their religion to teach the first Hindu Indian-American generation. This in turn created a greater affect within the community to reproduce Hinduism which depends on the reproduction of Indians. In Diaspora, to ensure reproduction of Indians, one has to control young Hindu’s sexuality and marriage. Abbe J.A. Dubois describes in his book “Hindu manners, customs, and ceremonies” that to a Hindu, marriage is the most important event in their life and is crucial for Hindu
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