Deities

Hare Krishna Mexico City Temple

I took this photo of Deities Krishna (left) and Radharani (right) at the Mexico City Hare Krishna Temple during fieldwork research for my BA thesis in Ethnology “The International Society for Krishna Consciousness in Mexico City:an ethnographic approach”.For me it was very impressive the intense devotion that the Hare Krishna members feel for their Deities, and the way they interact and look for them. The devotees do all their activities for the Deities: cook for them, feed them, bathe, dress, and adorn them with jewels and garlands. Daily they chant mantras and dance full of joy in front of them: Krishna, Radharani, Caitanya, Nityananda, Nrsimhadeva, Tulasi, Jaganatha, Balaram and Subhadra.

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4 thoughts on “Deities

  1. thank you for introducing this strange (for an European philosopher) world:
    “…very impressive the intense devotion that the Hare Krishna members feel for their Deities, and the way they interact and look for them. The devotees do all their activities for the Deities: cook for them, feed them, bathe, dress, and adorn them with jewels and garlands…”

    • Thanks for the comment 😉 For me it was an interesting and a great experience to interact through an intensive involvement (participant observation) with Hare Krishna devotees in their cultural environment for five years. I learned a lot.

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