Foreigner (Mleccha)
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Sanskrit mleccha and Pali/Prakrit milakkha were terms used to describe foreigners as well as indigenous tribes and peoples of the Indian subcontinent who were considered outsiders to a value system built around the concept of dharma initially understood as a universal natural order that later became th…

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Aloka Parasher-Sen, “Foreigner (Mleccha)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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