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Lancy Lobo

In: Margins of Faith: Dalit and Tribal Christianity in India

Chapter 10: Christianization, Hinduization and Indigenous Revivalism among the Tribals of Gujarat

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Christianization, Hinduization and Indigenous Revivalism among the Tribals of Gujarat
Christianization, Hinduization and indigenous revivalism among the tribals of Gujarat
LancyLobo
Introduction

The chapter discusses the ‘de-tribalization’ or ‘assimilation’ of the tribes of Gujarat—either by incorporation into Christianity or absorption into Hinduism—against the backdrop of the increasing politicization of the whole issue of conversion. Tribals of Gujarat have the following faith-based typologies: those holding on to traditional belief systems, those converted to Christian denominations and those Hinduized and following a number of sects both classical and modern. The tribals in Gujarat are not only on the margins of faith, but are also marginalized in terms of their identity and in terms of the economy and the polity. This chapter explores the margins of faith without ignoring the economy, ...

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