Logic in a Popular Form

Logic in a Popular Form Essays on Popular Religion in Bengal - India List

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Taking its title from Karl Marx's description of religion as the world's "logic in a popular form," this book explores the hidden logic behind popular religions in nineteenth-century Bengal. Sumanta Banerjee examines cross-religious cults and the construction of Bengali myths and beliefs about godlings and spirits, approaching them as popular inventions that attempt to make sense of human existence in the face of an overwhelming and often hostile environment.

These religious manifestations of popular logic-ranging from Kali to Radha-Krishna to Satyapir to Tantric practice-are fluid and constantly innovating. Banerjee argues that they represent an alternative stream running parallel to, and often challenging, the more strictly structured beliefs and practices of the Indian religious establishments, whether Hindu, Islamic or Christian.

            Logic in a Popular Form brings to light many significant aspects of the multifaceted phenomenon of popular religion in Bengal, while tracing the impact of urbanization, colonialism, and nationalism. Banerjee re-examines the relevance of the beliefs and rituals that continue to survive in Bengali society today.

Book information

ISBN: 9780857426161
Publisher: Seagull Books
Imprint: Seagull Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 294.5095414
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: viii, 291
Weight: 388g
Height: 227mm
Width: 153mm
Spine width: 15mm