Michael Linderman

Michael Linderman was a student at the University of Pennsylvania during the summer of 2001 when he began researching Hindu templesA Hindu temple will be called a mandir in northern parts of India or a koyil in the south. There are many styles of temples and temple-complexes, but most temples are laid out according to precise dimensions and proportions and erected to be the symbolic ... in New Jersey. His research involved visiting over two dozen Hindu templesA 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... and centers throughout the state. Profiles of individual centers include detailed histories of each instituition, with a focus on history of organization and funding bodies; target population and language/casteCaste comes from a Portuguese word “casta” which was used by early traders to describe India’s complex class structure of varnas. The four major inherited varnas are the Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (kings, warriors), vaishyas (merchants), and shu... groups served; current management and personnel; relationships with local communities and with other temples; and the centers’ religious art, architecture, and ritual installations. This research was expanded and revised during the summer of 2003.

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