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The body, which represents a nexus of concepts and social constructions and is the locus of a wide range of religious techniques and technologies, is at the center of what defines Hinduism. There is no one understanding of body, as multiple delineations coexist and change according to theological-philosophical, devotional, and gendered contexts and perspectives. Sanskrit terms such as śarīra (from the root śrī-, “to be easily destroyed or …

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Katherine Zubko, “Body”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012

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