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Purity and Impurity
(10,679 words)

Ideas and practices of purity and purification and definitions of states of defilement and impurity are elements of many religions, and Hinduism is no exception. The complexity of the themes and concepts connected to (im)purity in Hindu …

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Malinar, Angelika, “Purity and Impurity”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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