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Sri Lanka
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It is difficult to determine what should be considered “Hinduism” in Sri Lanka. It has always been challenging anthropologically in that new worship practices were often introduced from India, and some blended in with the earlier cultural base better than others. The colonial period added a new complication because the British were keen to classify culture into ne…

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Younger and Rajmohan Ramanathapillai, Paul, “Sri Lanka”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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