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Mauritius is a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It was uninhabited until the European colonial powers began sailing in that direction, but its hospitable climate and fertile volcanic soils soon attracted settlers, and it now has one of the most complex cultural mixes found anywhere on the planet. With about 70% of the population tracing their ancestry to India, it is not surprising that the…

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Paul Younger, “Mauritius”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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