Sri Lanka
(11,400 words)

It is difficult to determine what should be considered “Hinduism” in Sri Lanka. It has always been challenging anthropologically in that new worship practices were often introduced from India, and some blended in with the earlier cultural base better than others. The colonial period added a new complication because the British were keen to classify culture …

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Paul Younger and Rajmohan Ramanathapillai, “Sri Lanka”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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