49. What does Worship in Hinduism Look Like?
Katherine C. Zubko [+]
University of North Carolina Asheville
Katherine C. Zubko (Ph.D. Emory University) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and NEH Distinguished Professor of the Humanities (2018-22) at University of North Carolina Asheville. Her areas of expertise include aesthetics, ritual, performance and embodied religion in South Asia. Zubko is the author of Dancing Bodies of Devotion: Fluid Gestures in Bharata Natyam (Lexington Books, 2014) in addition to several articles. She has recently accepted the role of general editor of Equinox’s interdisciplinary journal, Body and Religion. Current research interests include exploring the bodied aspects of conflict transformation, in particular the role of gestures of compassion and hospitality. Zubko currently co-chairs the Body and Religion group and serves on the Teaching Religion unit at the American Academy of Religion.
After noting some key contextual differences across religious traditions connoted by the word 'worship', the frameworks of hospitality and reciprocity guide an overview of puja practices In Hindu traditions.