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The body, which represents a nexus of concepts and social constructions and is the locus of a wide range of religious techniques and technologies, is at the center of what defines Hinduism. There is no one understanding of body, as multiple delineations coexist and change according to theological-philosophical, devotional, and gendered contexts and perspectives. Sanskrit terms such as śarīra (from the root śrī-, “to be easily destroyed or dissolv…

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Zubko, Katherine, “Body”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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