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Hinduism not only comprises different ritual traditions and philosophical-theological doctrines but is also organized in different religious communities called sampradāya, or panth. Both words refer to an important organizational structure that has shaped Hinduism for centuries, if not from its very beginning. A sampradāya shows certain characteristic features such as having their religious tradition traced back to a first teac…

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Angelika Malinar, “Sampradāya”, 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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