Lad guden komme til os: Tempelprocessioner hos srilankansk-tamilske hinduer i Danmark

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Title Lad guden komme til os: Tempelprocessioner hos srilankansk-tamilske hinduer i Danmark
Creator Fibiger, Marianne C. Qvortrup
Subject Religionsvidenskab
procession; Srilankan Tamil Hindus; Hindu temples in Denmark; identity; belonging; darśan; Ter.
Description English abstract: Through a presentation and analysis of Ter, a wagon procession which is part of a ten-day temple anniversary festival held once a year among Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus in Denmark, I aim to show the importance and the meaning of procession among Hindus in diaspora. The article will especially take Bernhard Lang’s definition or characteristics of procession into account but will also emphasise the multifunctional character of this procession as well as its importance as religion on public display. The analysis is based on my on-going research on the Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus in Denmark, which began shortly before the first Sri Lankan Hindu temples were consecrated around the year 2000. This has given me the possibility to follow the development of the Ter procession over the years and to notice how it has grown both in size and popularity. I will argue that the procession has become not only a fulcrum for social cohesion and identity but also as a way of communicating belonging, both internally within the group and externally to the surrounding society at large.

Dansk resume: I denne artikel vil jeg præsentere og analysere processionen Ter, en vognprocession der er tilknyttet en ti-dages tempelfødselsdagsfest som afholdes blandt de srilankansk-tamilske hinduer i Danmark, og jeg vil vise betydningen af denne procession for hinduer i diaspora. Artiklen vil tage udgangspunkt i Bernard Langs definition eller måske mere præcist hans processions-typologier, men vil lægge vægt på processionens multifunktionelle, performative og offentlige karakter. Analysen vil basere sig på mit løbende feltarbejde af de srilankansk-tamilske hinduer i Danmark, hvilket begyndte før det første srilankansk-tamilske hindutempel var indviet omkring år 2000. Det har givet mig muligheden for at følge udviklingen af Ter-processionen, som er vokset i både størrelse og popularitet. Jeg vil derfor argumentere for, at processionen er blevet helt central for såvel identitet som social sammenhængskraft for de srilankansk-tamilske hinduer her i landet. Processionen kan ved at være offentlig kommunikere et bestemt tilhørsforhold både indadtil og udadtil.
Publisher Aarhus Universitetsforlag
Date 2017-06-15
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift; Nr. 66 (2017); 133-144
Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift; Nr. 66 (2017); 133-144
Language dan
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Forfatter og Tidsskrift

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