“From Cambodia to Cleveland: A Discussion of Global Hindu Traditions”

From Emerson’s fascination with Hindu texts and Thoreau’s admiration of the Bhagavad Gita to the enthusiastic welcome that Americans have given to yoga, there have been far-reaching and enduring connections between the United States and the Hindu traditions. 

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community can dive into the topic even more with a talk by Vasudha Narayanan, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida.

Narayanan will present “From Cambodia to Cleveland: A Discussion of Global Hindu Traditions” Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom C.

Narayanan’s talk will look at three theaters: Southeast Asia at the turn of the first millennium CE, the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries, and briefly at the Caribbean. Focusing on temple architecture and performing arts, Narayanan will discuss Angkor Wat and other key sites in Southeast Asia; how temples are put together in the United States; and the significant ways in which North American Hindus “perform” their religious traditions.

The Department of Religious Studies will host Narayanan’s talk.


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