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Foreigner (Mleccha)
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Sanskrit mleccha and Pali/Prakrit milakkha were terms used to describe foreigners as well as indigenous tribes and peoples of the Indian subcontinent who were considered outsiders to a value system built around the concept of dharma initially understood as a universal natural order that later became the basis of soc…

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Parasher-Sen, Aloka, “Foreigner (Mleccha)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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