Reading: The Role of the Postcolonial Indian Writer in Promoting Hinduism with Reference to Mysticism

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The Role of the Postcolonial Indian Writer in Promoting Hinduism with Reference to Mysticism

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K. S. A. Weerasena

CINEC, Millennium Drive, IT Park, Malabe, LK
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Department of Education and Languages
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Abstract

Postcolonial Indian writing is heavily influenced by the religion of the colonizers and socio-cultural practices of the Westerners. Many studies are conducted to understand how postcolonial literature attempts to counteract alienation by asserting the richness and validity of native cultures in an effort to restore pride in indigenous practices and traditions. However, little research has been conducted to understand the role of the postcolonial Indian writers in glorifying their native cultures and religions which led to identify their works with mysticism. This paper explores the cultural hybridity of the postcolonial Indian writers and their effort to highlight the importance of Indian identity, culture and Hinduism which result the outside readers to identify their works with a touch of mysticism. Though the term “mysticism” is also associated with Christianity, this paper will look in to mysticism associated with post colonialism, Hindu religious practices and beliefs, Hindu gods and myths.

 

The methodology of this study selects two instruments. Referring to the postcolonial texts: The Serpent and the Rope by Raja Rao and Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, this paper builds an understanding about mysticism associated with Hinduism. It also explores the effort of the postcolonial writers to situate and promote Hinduism among the world religions which assigned connotations of mysticism and superstition in their writing.
How to Cite: Weerasena KSA. The Role of the Postcolonial Indian Writer in Promoting Hinduism with Reference to Mysticism. CINEC Academic Journal. 2017;2:61–4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/caj.v2i0.57
Published on 30 Dec 2017.
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