Benjamin Zeller

Benjamin Zeller was a student at North Carolina-ChapelA chapel is a place of worship, smaller than the sanctuary of a church or synagogue, or in an institutional setting such as a college or hospital. Hill when he conducted this research, mapping the Hindu community in North-Central North Carolina. Dr. Yaakov Ariel was the faculty sponsor for this research.

At the time of this research, Zeller wrote:

The past two decades have seen a massive growth in the size of the South Asian community in North-Central North Carolina. This project will document the various Hindu and SikhSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... worship centers, community locales, and associations that operate in this region, a nine county area between the foothills of the Appalachians and the coastal Sand Hills.

Transitions at New Goloka, North Carolina

New Goloka templeA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... in Hillsborough, North Carolina, is a microcosm of the shifts in the American religious landscape during the past decades. Part of the International Society for Krishna ConsciousnessThe International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), often referred to as the Hare Krishna movement, was founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) who brought his tradition of devotion to Krishna to the United States in 1965. Thi... (ISKCONThe International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), often referred to as the Hare Krishna movement, was founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) who brought his tradition of devotion to Krishna to the United States in 1965. Thi...), or the “Hare Krishnas,” the temple began almost two decades ago as a commune for mostly Anglo-American convert members of this American branch of Indian Hinduism“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li.... Yet in the past eighteen years, New Goloka has transformed from an isolated outpost of a countercultural religion to a Hindu temple catering to both American “Hare Krishna” converts and also first or second generation Indian-Americans. In this study, I consider the changing demographic dynamics at New Goloka temple and the ensuing shifts in religious practices.

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