Women’s Leadership and Transnational Currents: The Adhiparasakthi Community in Toronto, Canada

Women’s Leadership and Transnational Currents: The Adhiparasakthi Community in Toronto, Canada This article analyzes the ways in which the Adhiparasakthi community in Toronto, Canada is linked to the larger transnational Adhiparasakthi organization in Melmaruvathur, India and illustrates how women’s ritual authority, congregational pūjā, and “inclusivity” ethics have shaped the identity of this diaspora community locally. As women serve in positions of ritual authority and leadership within the Adhiparasakthi Temple Society of Canada, they are in a position to effect change. The article further addresses some of the particular concerns within the community, such as those regarding rituals, lifecycle transitions, and fragmented support networks, and shows how some members of the community have found resolutions through the auspices of the mandram (temple). As women’s ritual lives and interpretations of the divine feminine converge with sevā (humanitarian work) in the Toronto context, their leadership and engagement has emerged as a current of support in the mandram community. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Hindu Studies Springer Journals

Women’s Leadership and Transnational Currents: The Adhiparasakthi Community in Toronto, Canada

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Religious Studies; Religious Studies, general; Non-Western Philosophy; Hinduism; Asian History; Philosophy of Religion
ISSN
1022-4556
eISSN
1574-9282
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11407-017-9211-3
Publisher site
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Abstract

This article analyzes the ways in which the Adhiparasakthi community in Toronto, Canada is linked to the larger transnational Adhiparasakthi organization in Melmaruvathur, India and illustrates how women’s ritual authority, congregational pūjā, and “inclusivity” ethics have shaped the identity of this diaspora community locally. As women serve in positions of ritual authority and leadership within the Adhiparasakthi Temple Society of Canada, they are in a position to effect change. The article further addresses some of the particular concerns within the community, such as those regarding rituals, lifecycle transitions, and fragmented support networks, and shows how some members of the community have found resolutions through the auspices of the mandram (temple). As women’s ritual lives and interpretations of the divine feminine converge with sevā (humanitarian work) in the Toronto context, their leadership and engagement has emerged as a current of support in the mandram community.

Journal

International Journal of Hindu StudiesSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 11, 2017

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