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Mīmāṃsā, literally “the desire to think,” is a system of ritual and textual interpretation that developed out of the vedic sacrificial and liturgical tradition in the mid- to late 1st millennium BCE and came in time to be one of the most influential intellectual disciplines in premodern India. Mīmāṃsā began as an effort to resolve dis…

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McCrea, Lawrence J., “Mīmāṃsā”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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