In Guest is God: Pilgrimage, Tourism, and Making Paradise in India
(Oxford University Press, 2019) Drew Thomases investigates the Indian pilgrimage town of Pushkar.
While the town consists of 20,000 residents, it boasts two million visitors annually. Sacred to the creator god, Brahma, Pushkar is understood as heaven on earth – a heaven heavily marked by tourism and globalization. You can learn about the lives of the residents of Pushkar through Thomases fascinating ethnographic fieldwork.
is Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department at San Diego State University. His work focuses on the anthropology of religion in North India--more specifically, Hindu pilgrimage and practice--though he is broadly interested in tourism, globalization, environmentalism, and theoretical approaches to the study of religion.
For information about your host Raj Balkaran’s background, see https://www.rajbalkaran.com/scholarship