JD Salinger & Hinduism

The Religious Affiliation of the author of 'The Catcher in the Rye'

Woman holds a lit butter candle held over Ganges River
Salinger had deep respect for Hinduism. Shanna Baker/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

Jerome David Salinger (1919-2010), American novelist and short story writer, best known as the author of The Catcher in the Rye was regarded by many as a Hindu. Although he was an experimenter in spirituality, he had deep respect for Hinduism and yoga, and also well versed in the Advaita Vedanta philosophy.

Salinger's Affinity towards Eastern Religions


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Swami Vivekananda
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Influence of Hindu Teachings in Salinger's Personal Life

Dream Catcher

Salinger's Sense of Mortality


, rather than buried under a tombstone. He said, "Boy, when you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody." Sadly, Salinger's epitaph won't have any mention of this wish!

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