Rapt in the Name: The Ramnamis, Ramnam, and Untouchable Religion in Central India Ramdas Lamb

ISBN: 9780791453865

Published: August 29th 2002

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250 pages


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Rapt in the Name: The Ramnamis, Ramnam, and Untouchable Religion in Central India  by  Ramdas Lamb

Rapt in the Name: The Ramnamis, Ramnam, and Untouchable Religion in Central India by Ramdas Lamb
August 29th 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 250 pages | ISBN: 9780791453865 | 9.11 Mb

In Rapt in the Name, Ramdas Lamb provides an intriguing account of the Ram bhakti tradition in India. Less well-known in the West than the tradition of devotion to Krishna, the Ram tradition is an important component of Hinduism. Ram is theMoreIn Rapt in the Name, Ramdas Lamb provides an intriguing account of the Ram bhakti tradition in India. Less well-known in the West than the tradition of devotion to Krishna, the Ram tradition is an important component of Hinduism.

Ram is the most-worshipped form of the divine in North India today and has long been particularly important to those of the lower castes throughout India. Lamb explores both the evolution of the tradition and the rise of lower caste religious movements devoted to Ram, specifically the Ramnami Samaj, an Untouchable religious movement in Central India.Lamb s study of the Ramnamis has spanned nearly three decades, first on a personal level as a Hindu monk and later as both a friend and a researcher.

He discusses the historical origins, as well as present-day forms and structure of the Samaj, including a description of its distinctive ritual dress and practices. Among the more innovative aspects of the sect is its adaptation of the story of Lord Ram that is uniquely woven into its devotional repetition of his name (Ramnam).

In addition, Lamb shares biographical sketches of six Ramnamis, each of which reveals the freedom of individual exploration and expression that is integral to the sect. This is a fascinating account of religious life and adaptation on the periphery of society.



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