The 'Guest as God' and the 'God' as Host: Interminglings of Economy and Religiosity in Indian Temple Tourism
This thesis demonstrates how and to what effect social structures of religiosity and economy coexist and coalesce at Tirupati Temple, a popular pilgrimage and tourism centre in South India. The Temple functions as a sanctum for both ritual devotion and touristic pleasures; accordingly, networks of commerce and commodities interlace with structure of piety and ritual. This thesis illustrates how the Temple’s enduring religious traditions are facilitated by...[Show more]
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