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Text and Context in Dialogue

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Bhakti in Conflict

In ancient times the end of the monsoon heralded the start of the campaigning season, when kings went out to war with their enemies. In recent years, with the resumption of hostilities by the Maoist militias after each wet season, that has taken on a renewed significance. But for thousands of followers of Christ in Nepal it has always been a season of conflict of a different kind. That conflict has been both relational (with family members) and psychological (with the conscience). What should I do when my father wants to give me tika? In this issue we explore the meanings of Dasain and their implication for Christ-bhaktas in Nepal . As always our burden is to interpret the text and the context by looking at each in the light of the insights we gain from the other - text and context in dialogue.

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bhakti. bhakti, nom. devotion, love, loyalty