2. 'In-Between' Religiosity: European Kāli-bhakti in Early Colonial Calcutta
Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World - Philippe Bornet
Gautam Chakrabarti [+]
Freie Universität Berlin
Anthony Firingee (Antōnī Phiringī) originally Hensman Anthony (?-1836), was a folk-poet/bard, who, despite being of Portuguese origin, was married to a Hindu Brahmin widow and famous for his much-feted devotional songs, addressed to the Goddesses Kāli and Durgā, in Bengali towards the beginning of the 19th century. In this chapter, the literary-cultural construction of a religious hybridity, operating between and cross-fertilising Indo-European cultural conjunctions, is examined through the study of individual, ‘in-between’ religious agency and literary-cultural borrowings.