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Vasudha Narayanan - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Vasudha Narayanan Vasudha Narayanan

Distinguished Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Vasudha Narayanan's fields of interest are the Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America.

Biography

Vasudha Narayanan is a past President of the American Academy of Religion (2001-2002). Her fields of interest are the Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America; visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and gender issues. She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries. In addition, she is also the associate editor of the five-volume Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism.

Industry Expertise (3)

Writing and Editing

Religious Institutions

Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (5)

Hindus and Hindu Culture in India

Hinduism

Hindu Culture in America

Hindu Culture in Cambodia

Hinduism and the Environment

Media Appearances (5)

Remembering UF Emeritus Professor Harold Stahmer

The Independent Florida Alligator  online

2020-12-14

Vasudha Narayanan, distinguished UF religion professor, worked with Stahmer from 1982 until he retired. The two became good colleagues and friends. She describes him as someone who fought for justice all his life.

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Diwali Came Early This Year: Hindus Celebrate Kamala Harris Victory

NPR All Things Considered  online

2020-11-14

VASUDHA NARAYANAN: Another incarnation or avatar of Vishnu called Krishna came down and defeated many demons.

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Vasudha Narayanan: Ancient religion was family faith of Freddie Mercury

Gainesville Sun  online

2018-11-14

In the Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there’s a scene in which a family member scolds Mercury.

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Freddie Mercury’s family faith: The ancient religion of Zoroastrianism

The Conversation  online

2018-11-03

In the Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there’s a scene in which a family member scolds Mercury.

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Americans may not know it, but they’ve long been embracing Hindu philosophy

Quartz  online

2018-02-06

Last week marked the death anniversary of Mahesh Yogi, the Indian guru who brought transcendental meditation to the West in the sixties and became a spiritual teacher to The Beatles, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and countless other celebrities.

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Articles (4)

The History of the Academic Study of Religion in Universities, Centers, and Institutes in India

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India is home to more than 800 million Hindus and has a massive higher education system that is overseen by the University Grants Commission (ugc). Despite this, there are hardly any departments of religion or Hinduism in India, but the ugc, even though it has a secular mission, funds universities with explicit religious affiliations. This article traces the reasons for these paradoxes and discusses the apparent lacuna of religious studies departments by looking at the genealogy of the study of religion in India. It initially looks at the contested terrain of nineteenth-century educational institutions.

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Who is the Strong-Armed Monkey who Churns the Ocean of Milk?

UDAYA: Journal of Khmer Studies

The dramatic act of the divine beings (devas) and demons (asuras) churning the cosmic ocean of milk is one of the best-known stories in Cambodia. Specifically, the bas-relief illustrating this story in Angkor Wat is much celebrated. This approximately 49-metre carving unfolds on the southern side of the eastern gallery of Angkor Wat, with the central axis showing a large turtle in the lower register and Vi╓┬u in an anthropomorphic form in the middle. On either side of him are neatly arranged rows of devas and asuras, punctuated by large beings in the middle of the lines and on the two ends.

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Rewriting the Hindu Traditions from Global Perspectives

Re-imagining South Asian Religions

The story of the Hindu traditions has been largely limited to the Indian sub-continent. Textbooks have ignored over 1500 years of historical Hindu presence in Southeast Asia as well as more recent migrations. This paper will explore how the history of the Hinduism may be rewritten if we were to take into consideration the multiple Hindu traditions in many parts of the world.

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“With the Earth as a Lamp and the Sun as the Flame”: Lighting Devotion in South India

International Journal of Hindu Studies

Traditional biographical literature of the Sri Vaisnava community says that the first teacher, Natamuni (ca. tenth century), was very knowledgeable in music.

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Videos:

Goddess Talk with Vasudha Narayanan Vasudha Narayanan: The Path of Bhakti Part 1 Religion, Faith, and the Enviroment - Vasudha Narayanan Paradoxology: the Art of Praising the Deity Interreligious Responses to Laudato Si: How Laudato Si Resonates among Religious Traditions

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  • English