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Hinduism in Italy is absolutely a contemporary phenomenon. The presence of movements linked to the Hindu traditions has been attested since the 1970s, although Hinduism in Italy is a more recent term. In Italy the interest in oriental movements has often been an alternative to or an escape from the main religion, traditionally represented in Italy by Catholicism, often considered a structured and complex system of life. Several groups linked to Hinduism or Hindu culture did not consider themselv…

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Pietro Chierichetti, “Italy”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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