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Purity and Impurity
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Ideas and practices of purity and purification and definitions of states of defilement and impurity are elements of many religions, and Hinduism is no exception. The complexity of the themes and concepts connected to (im)purity in…

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Malinar, Angelika, “Purity and Impurity”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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