SAS RP #5.docx - Shafin Zaman SAS 185 Professor Gold Response Paper#5 The life of a practicing Hindu has several key moments which indicate a

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Shafin Zaman SAS 185 Professor Gold Response Paper #5 The life of a practicing Hindu has several key moments which indicate a transformative rite of passage. From birth, to the moment one discovers their dharma, to the seven vows one takes during their marriage ritual; these moments are nothing less than transformative that plunge an individual into a new role in life where they become closer to their faith and community. Similarly, death plays a significant role in one’s life as it defines the final stage of their journey in their particular life cycle. One must go through an extensive process to attain the ideal death ritual which highlights the intersectionality of Hinduism and nature. There are many instances in one’s death ritual which portray the idea of a transformative rite of passage. Flueckiger states, “Most Hindu corpses are cremated (traditionally within 24 hour), although some castes and sects (such as Virashavas) practice burial; and persons who die
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