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1. Characteristics

Hinduism is a very complex, contradictory, yet coherent nexus of writings, rites, and ways of life. It is not an organized religion stabilized by dogmatic unity but an order that is believed and lived out as supratemporal and cosmic (as sanātana dharma, “traditional duty” or “traditional practices”) and that regulates precisely all the spheres of individual life and the arrangement of social groups (Caste). It unites in itself widely divergent religious…

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von Brück, Michael and Rajashekar, J. Paul, “Hinduism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H171>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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