Th Cow in the Elevator

An Anthology of Wonder

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Tulasi Srinivas
  • Durham, NC: 
    Duke University Press
    , May
     2018.
     296 pages.
     $25.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780822370796.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jack David Eller forthcoming.

Description

In The Cow in the Elevator Tulasi Srinivas explores a wonderful world where deities jump fences and priests ride in helicopters to present a joyful, imaginative, yet critical reading of modern religious life. Drawing on nearly two decades of fieldwork with priests, residents, and devotees, and her own experience of living in the high-tech city of Bangalore, Srinivas finds moments where ritual enmeshes with global modernity to create wonder—a feeling of amazement at being overcome by the unexpected and sublime. Offering a nuanced account of how the ruptures of modernity can be made normal, enrapturing, and even comical in a city swept up in globalization's tumult, Srinivas brings the visceral richness of wonder—apparent in creative ritual in and around Hindu temples—into the anthropological gaze. Broaching provocative philosophical themes like desire, complicity, loss, time, money, technology, and the imagination, Srinivas pursues an interrogation of wonder and the adventure of writing true to its experience. The Cow in the Elevatorrethinks the study of ritual while reshaping our appreciation of wonder's transformative potential for scholarship and for life.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Tulasi Srinivas is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, author of Winged Faith: Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism through the Sathya Sai Movement, and coeditor of Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food, and South Asia.

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