By Kavita Ramdya
Bollywood Weddings examines how heart to higher type second-generation Indian-American Hindus negotiate marriage ceremony rituals, together with the relationship and engagement tactics. lots of those are (in Ramdya's neologism) "occasional Hindus" who exhibit their Hindu spiritual heritage in basic terms on vital events resembling the ceremony of passage that's marriage. those (and their prolonged households) negotiate enormously diversified cultures and units of values within a neighborhood that has itself principally pre-determined tips on how to combine American and Indian/Hindu parts into this ritual. usually, the 1st iteration organizes the marriage, that is mostly Hindu, and their young ones coordinate the American-style reception. rather than deciding on both India or the USA, or arriving at a compromise in among the 2, this neighborhood takes a "both/and" technique, embracing either cultures concurrently.
Ramdya's ethnographic fieldwork comprises in-depth interviews of engaged undefined, commentary at their marriage ceremony ceremonies, marriage ceremony videography and images, and fabric tradition reminiscent of the garments her contributors wore on their marriage ceremony day. She explores pre-wedding day subject matters comparable to America's Indian-Hindu marriage marketplace and bridal undefined, then is going directly to describe pre-wedding and wedding-day customs together with the engagement get together, kanyadan, and baraat. Bollywood, whose Indian origins can provide it authenticity from the Hindu standpoint and whose emphasis on romance contains American values, emerges because the key mediating 3rd tradition round which the neighborhood applies the both/and version to marriage ceremony rituals. The both/and version exposed the following reinforces the community's identification as ethnic and American while it confirms that luck in the United States needn't be received on the cost of one's spiritual historical past and cultural background.
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