Constructing Hinduism in Singapore: Legitimating Agamic Temples and Tai Pūcam

  • Vineeta Sinha
Part of the ARI - Springer Asia Series book series (ARI, volume 1)


This chapter offers details about the administration of Hindu endowments in Singapore by the Singapore Mohammedan Endowments Board (SMHEB). I argue that its managerial approach shaped both the context and parameters within which Hinduism as a religion found expression. Furthermore, an administrative tone and the adoption of specific practices by the SMHEB created conditions within which particular styles of Hindu religiosity emerged. More importantly, the language of objective administration, marked by the rhetoric of ‘non-interference’, prompted specific kinds of action (or non-action), thus determining the very domains that were as a matter of declared policy deemed to be outside state jurisdiction. Indeed, it is precisely the objective and systematic administrative regulation of these Hindu domains that has had the effect of framing the fields within which the ritualistic components of the religion are enacted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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