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Of the ancient religious practices that encompassed the worship of many gods and goddesses without actively seeking converts, Hinduism is now the only survivor. Hindus are inheritors of a wide variety of attitudes toward sexuality, some of which have been integrated into Hinduism by a process of accretion, and many of which are in a constant state of flux. As Hindus have hundreds of sacred books and teachers, there is no one prescriptive set of doctrines on sexuality that can claim primacy. Ther…

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Vanita, Ruth, “Sexuality”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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