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Presence, Prasadam and Seva in lockdown

UK Hinduism in a time of Covid

Based upon ethnographic field research with a diverse range of Hindu traditions and communities in the UK, this project examines the various ways in which Hindus have experienced the presence of the divine, the saint or the guru during Covid.

The research will look at the relationship between this transcendent presence and the distribution of free sanctified food in the form of prasadam to the wider community and how it has has formed the basis of both spiritual and social engagement during lockdown and throughout the pandemic.

This project provides a fantastic opportunity to more fully integrate transcendent experience into the wider conversation concerning spiritual and mental well-being and the central importance related of social outreach in during times of collective anxiety and trauma.

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Research project lead: Martin Wood

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This research forms part of the research priority area, Culture, Continuity & Transformation.