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Tulasi Srinivas Winged Faith. Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism through the Sathya Sai Movement

New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. 448 pp. ISBN: 978–0231149334 $29.50
  • Bryan S. Turner
Book Review

The life of Sathya Sai Baba offers a dramatic illustration of Max Weber’s theory of charisma, albeit set within a modern global setting. The facts about his origins and life are however obscured by a layer of later hagiography. There are three official biographies written by devotees that have become part of the apostolic literature. The basic biographical details of the ‘real man’ as opposed to the symbolic and divine person embedded in the cult are that Sathyanarayana Raju was born to a peasant family in the remote Indian village of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh on November 23 1926. The subsequent declaration of his divinity was drawn out and complex. On the evening of November 8, 1940 and in the village of Uravakonda, the young boy was apparently stung by a scorpion and, after sleeping for several days, he awoke as a different person singing songs in Sanskrit. Returning to his village he began to materialize luxury goods such as sugar and flowers which he gave to the villagers....

Further Reading

  1. Robertson, R. 1992. Globalization. Social Theory and Global Culture. London: Sage.Google Scholar
  2. Scholem, G. 1977. Sabbatai Sevi. The Mystical Messiah. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Weber, M. 1966. The Sociology of Religion. London: Methuen.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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