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Digital religion and Hinduism in the United States

TitleDigital religion and Hinduism in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPandharipande, RV
JournalWorld Englishes

As religions migrate from their native contexts, they adopt new languages for their communication. Additionally, in the 21st century, digital media is being used for religious practices such as ritual worship, sermons and discourses. This article focuses on the case of Hinduism in the US diaspora where the Hindu community (unlike its native counterpart in India) uses the English language and the digital media for the Hindu religious practices. In particular, this article discusses the ways in which the use of the English language and digital media is more conventionalized in the context of discussion about religion (in the discourses of satsang), as opposed to the experience of religion (for example, in puja ‘worship ritual’).