Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online

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“Hinduism” is the name for a mosaic of religious and cultural traditions found mainly in India, neighboring countries in South Asia, and some areas of Southeast Asia, as well as in the many South Asian diasporas worldwide. Hinduism does not refer to a homogeneous religious tradition but a conglomerate of rituals, religious narratives, art, music, institutions, traditions, theologies, artifacts, and activities. W…

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Jacobsen, Knut A., “Introduction”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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