Review– Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South

My review of Jeff Wilson's wonderful recent book Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South is now online at the journal Sociology of Religion. Here's a taste: Deciding where to look is often the most important decision a researcher makes. Jeff Wilson's choice to look for Buddhism in Richmond, Virginia, instead of … Continue reading Review– Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South

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Asian Religions in America as an Ngram: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rammohun Spike

I decided to play around with Google's Ngram viewer and see what it might tell me about how Americans wrote about Asian religions. Click here for a bigger version of the graph. Here's what I noticed: 1. The most popular moment for Asian religions in America was in the 1820s and it most likely revolved … Continue reading Asian Religions in America as an Ngram: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rammohun Spike