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As in other Western countries, the presence of Hindu traditions in France raises the issue of the globalization of Hinduism through two topics: the worldwide migrations of Hindu populations and the global diffusion of religious movements of Hindu origin in the West. Indeed, these traditions take on two main forms in France. The first concerns the ritual and community practices imported by South Asian Hindus mainly in Paris and its suburbs. The second form corresponds to the philosophical, religi…

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Pierre-Yves Trouillet, “France”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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