Odia Hindu Ways of Thinking

  • Usha Menon


This chapter portrays the cultural world of the temple town of Bhubaneswar. It presents indigenous discourse about “the good life,” the good death, and rebirth. It discusses indigenous understandings of various Hindu concepts like mana (mind/heart), bhagya (fate), karma, and lalato lekha (destiny as written on the forehead) and the connections between the last three. In addition, it focuses attention on Hindu definitions of the human body, in particular, the maternal body. It also describes in some detail the dietary and daily practices of the Odia Hindus who live in this neighborhood.


Good Life Future Life Previous Birth Past Life Good Death 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Usha Menon
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  1. 1.Department of Culture and CommunicationDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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