Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Hinduism in Argentina

  • Mercedes SaizarEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_156

Definition

Hinduism is a practice, philosophy, and belief system from India with an important historical tradition and a dynamic and expanding present. The arrival of Hinduism in Argentina dates back to the beginnings of the twentieth century in relation to spiritual searches of elite groups and later spreads to a larger and more diverse part of the population. The concepts of this world view support some of the most chosen disciplines of the current alternative field, which is a result of the advent of the New Age movement, the process of globalization, and a new perspective about health and well-being in Western societies.

Introduction

What today is called Hinduism is the result of more than 5000 years of blends and transformations of different philosophical and religious systems with significant homogeneity that has motivated the name of “Pan-Indian philosophical system” (Zimmer 1979). The transformation processes present in this millenary belief system took place mainly in India,...

Keywords

Argentina Hinduism New Age Yoga 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro Argentino de Etnología AmericanaConsejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasCONICETArgentina