The Regulation of Religion and the Making of Hinduism in Colonial Trinidad

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Abbreviations
HMBHindu Mahasabha Bulletin
Norman ReportUnited Kingdom, House of Commons, “Correspondence respecting Coolie Disturbance in Trinidad at Mohurrum Festival: Report by Sir H. W. Norman.” 19th Century House of Commons Sessional Papers, 1884–85, vol. 53.
POSGPort of Spain Gazette

Introduction

1. “To the Editor of the Chronicle,” Trinidad Chronicle, March 27, 1871.

2. Khan, Callaloo Nation, 46.

3. POSG, July 12, 1859. Emphasis mine.

4. Asad, Genealogies of Religion, 28.

5. For example, on the word “dharma” in Sanskrit (sometimes translated as “religion”), see Hiltebeitel, Dharma. On the word “religio” in Latin, the etymological grandparent of our word “religion,” which has a variety of meanings in antiquity, none of them corresponding to the modern word “religion,” see Nongbri, Before Religion, 26–29; Feil, “The Problem of Defining and Demarcating ‘Religion,’” 17.

6. Pennington, Was Hinduism Invented? On Hinduism as a “Western-inspired abstraction,” see King, Orientalism and Religion.

7. “The Coolie ‘Hosay’ Fete,” Trinidad Chronicle, March 27, 1871.

8. Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics, 63–64.

9. Foucault, History of Sexuality, 1:101.

10. On ritualization, see Bell, Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice.

11. On the problematics of the category “syncretism,” see Stewart and Shaw, Syncretism/Anti-syncretism. On the fuzziness of and crossings among Hindu-, Sikh-, and Muslim-identified groups in South Asia, see Oberoi, The Construction of Religious Boundaries. On rethinking Afro-Caribbean “syncretism” as a strategy shared in West Africa and the African Americas for appropriating and refiguring hegemony, see Apter, “Herskovits’s Heritage.”

12. Khan, Callaloo Nation, 4.

13. Ibid.

14. Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation.

15. On slave gardens, see Pulsipher, “The Landscapes and Ideational Roles of Caribbean Slave Gardens.”

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Crossing the Dark Water 19
  • Part I - Religion 35
  • 2 - Converting Religion 37
  • 3 - Regulating Religion 73
  • 4 - Outlawing Religion 110
  • Part II - Hinduism 149
  • 5 - Standardizing Sanatana Dharma 151
  • 6 - Making World Religions 192
  • Postscript 231
  • Notes 239
  • Bibliography 271
  • Index 291
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