Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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  • Marianne Qvortrup FibigerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_22-1



In this entry, the term “Hinduism in Europe” will be used to refer to various aspects of Hinduism(s) in a European setting. The entry adopts a polythetic understanding of Hinduism and makes/has a broad point of departure, taking Hinduism as a religious, cultural, and ethnic category into account as well as Hindu practices, tropes, world views, and life views which have become part of the European cultural landscape.

Hinduism in Europe

Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world (there are around one billion Hindus). The religion is concentrated primarily in South Asia, but the Hindu diaspora – not least in Europe – has been growing since the beginning of the nineteenth century and particularly within the last 50 years. The number of Hindus in diaspora today is estimated to be around eight million, at least 1.3 million of whom live in Europe [48]. This makes the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of the Study of Religion, School of Culture and SocietyAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark