Past Meetup

[South India] Possessed by Mary: Hinduism, Catholicism, & Spirit Possession

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Please join us for a presentation by prof. Kristin Bloomer on spirit possession in South India for the Hindu Studies Colloquium. Optional Indian dinner at Maharaja (57 Jfk St Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel (617) 547-2757) afterwards. Her presentation with slides is free to attend but please bring cash for Indian dinner.

"In the context of a larger pattern of Marian devotion in contemporary Tamil Nadu, devotion to Mary appears to be on the rise among Catholics and Hindus alike. Kristin have focused on the stories of two women in the city of Chennai - Rosalind, a single mother, and Nancy, a young unmarried woman who started to become possessed by Mary about a month after meeting Rosalind. Because they and other people in the region who claim possession by Mary define themselves as Roman Catholic, Kristin set her talk within the historical context of Roman Catholicism in Tamil Nadu. She is referring to local Hindu and indigenous discourses and practices regarding deities, spirits, and the interaction between this spirit world and that of human persons."

Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 5:15 – 6:45 p.m

How to get to the Center:

Walking: From Harvard Square T - Entering the yard, follow the paved footpaths to exit on the north side. Once outside the Harvard Yard gates, cross between the Science Center and Memorial Hall (a tall, elaborate red brick building on your right) through the construction site. Turn right, following Kirkland Avenue for two blocks. Turn left onto Francis Avenue. The CSWR is located at 42 Francis Avenue.

Harvard T -> cross the yard to Science Center -> pass the construction site -> right on Kirkland Ave -> pass Swendenborg Church on your right ->second left to Francis Ave. towards Divinity school -> CSWR on your right at 42 Francis across Divinity school.

CSWR is wheelchair accessible.