Präsenzdynamik und -dimensionen der Kultstätte einer Minderheit
Der tamilische Hindutempel in Basel
The Swiss religious landscape has diversifi ed as a result of immigration and new religious movements. While political debate on religious visibility, e.g. the minaret controversy, obscures the complexity of religious space, this article analyses the place of worship of a relatively unknown group: the Hindutempel community in Basel. By adapting the notion of «presence» to a multi-dimensional space consisting of geographic, governmental, social, sacred and reticular facets, and by drawing on de Certeau, the analysis better grasps the dynamics between the dimensions out of which the Hindutempel emerges. Tracing how the network has gradually institutionalised, we show how a multidimensional and visible «proper» is eventually gained: through geographic repositioning and religious investment in chosen places of worship despite the lack of resources that leads worshippers to get by with little. Using de Certeau’s terms, the temple appears as a palimpsest of several spatial dimensions of presence.