Hindoo History

Vishal Ganesan
The untold story of the "Hindoo" in America, as told through America's newspapers.
Created 05 Aug 2020
  • Clip of the Day 10/13/2021
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    The Day Book, 1915: A curious tale about Ralph De Bit’s “Christian Yoga Cult,” and the “burbanked soul” of one Mrs. Dorothy Gerber:
  • Clip of the Day 10/12/2021
    12 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    From The Day Book, 1912: “HAVE SORORITY GIRLS FALLEN FOR RUMORED ORIENTAL CULT?” “Police probe alleged Hindu cult in Chicago University circles— may be as big as Doc Hamish’s place— Grand Jury action ...
  • Clip of the Day 10/11/2021
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    From the Turner County Herald, 1912: "Much as the English authorities would like to abolish the appalling Indian worship of Kali, the Goddess of Revolution, the popularity of her little shrine within ...
  • Clip of the Day 10/6/2021
    06 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    From the Tacoma Times, 1912: "Our Women Fakir's Prey" "'Just as long as foolish American women continue to give money to Hindu fakirs, just so long will these Oriental outcasts fatten on their creduli...
  • Clip of the Day 10/5/2021
    05 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    An account of the inauguration of the Vedanta Society temple in San Francisco, established by Swami Vivekananda himself, from the San Francisco Call, 1908:
  • The Ambivalent Role of Women in the Yoga Scares of Early 20th Century America
    29 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    I had the fortune of coming across a 2015 essay by Philipp Deslippe, a doctoral student studying the history of American religion at UC Santa Barbara, about the “American Yoga Scare of 1927.” The “Yog...
  • Clip of the Day 9/28/2021
    28 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    From the Richmond Planet, 1929, an ad for a missing woman: “Mrs. Beecher Maynard Crouse, wife of a Utica, N.Y. banker, is mysteriously missing. She is 58, and is said to have become a devotee to a Hin...
  • Clip of the Day 9/24/2021
    24 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    From the Imperial Valley Press, 1928 "Hindu Cult Will Be Investigated" "An investigation into the rites and teachings of the Mt. Washington educational center, a Hindu religious institution is being m...
  • Clip of the Day 9/23/2021
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    From the Evening World, 1911 "More than 5,000 Women in New York Are Followers of Swami Abhedenanda" "Many New York Men, Too, Converted to this Hindu Religion of Vedanta, Asserts Woman Officer"
  • Clip of the Day 9/22/2021
    22 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    From the Fort Worth Gazette, 1895 "Grand, New Ethnological Congress of Strange and Savage People." "Containing Cannibals, Idolaters, Pagans, Buddhists, Hindoos, Heathens, Confucians, Fire and Sun Wors...
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