Princeton University Press (September 2004)
Popular Hinduism is shaped, above all, by worship of a multitude of powerful divines beings - a superabundance indicated by the proverbial total of 330 million gods and goddesses. The fluid relationship between these beings and humans is a central theme of this rich and accessible study of popular Hinduism in the context of the society of contemporary India.
Lucidly organised and skillfully written, The Camphor Flame brings clarity to an immensely complicated subject. Chris Fuller combines ethnographic case studies with comparative anthropological analysis and draws on textual and historical scholarship as well. The book's new afterword brings the study up to date by examining the relationship between popular Hinduism and contemporary Hindu nationalism.
Chris Fuller is professor of anthropology at LSE. His previous books include Servants of the Goddess (Cambridge University Press) and The Renewal of the Priesthood (Princeton)