Dr. Gesler is a professor of geography at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599–3220.
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2000 American Geographical Society
Volume 90, Issue 2, pages 222–237, April 2000
How to Cite
GESLER, W. M. and PIERCE, M. (2000), HINDU VARANASI. Geographical Review, 90: 222–237. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2000.tb00332.x
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- geography of religion;
- sacred space;
ABSTRACT. Representations of Hindu faith in the built environment and pilgrim activities in the city of Varanasi, India, are explored through an analysis of the sacred geography of the place, of pilgrim travel to the city and activities within it, and of the act of crossing over from life to death through cremation. The roles of reconciling what seem to be paradoxes or contradictions and of the transcendence of geographical scale in reinforcing faith are also examined.