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Sheila Chirkut

In: Working Women: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival

Chapter 12: Cultural Identities of South African Hindu Women*

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Cultural Identities of South African Hindu Women*
Cultural identities of South African Hindu women
SheilaChirkut
Introduction

This study is premised with the recognition that most Hindu families are gendered institutions and that the life experiences of working Hindu married women are to a large extent influenced by their religio-cultural contexts. My close interaction with working Hindu married women in the Stanger area in the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa provides the basis for the insights and understanding of the maintenance of their cultural identity through daily prayer and worship of Goddess Lakshmi.1

Woven together in South Africa's diverse but rich religio-cultural fabric, the Hindus try to express their set of beliefs, customs and traditions in many ways such as through daily devotion and prayer to Goddess Lakshmi. ...

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