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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 …

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Zubko, Katherine, “Body”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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