A Concise History of Hindu Religiousness in Chile

  • Felipe LUARTE CORREA Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Abstract

As a consequence of Globalization, Chilean society has experienced se­veral changes and has acquired and adapted new practices and ideas of Hindu inspiration, which have been incorporated to the traditional and official customs, mainly Christian – Catholic and Evangelical. This has created new religious forms (and secular ones), that are eclectic in its origins and expressions. In Chile, during the second half of the 20th Century, several movements and communities that define themselves as Hindus or that practice, directly or indirectly, their own manifestations inspired in Hinduism, such as yoga(s) or meditations (among many others), are born and coexist. Considering this, the aim of this paper is “to historize” this process of receptions and adaptations of the “practices and beliefs” of Hindu origin in Chile during the second half of the 20th Century, and at the same time, it intends to conceptually explain these phenomena.

Author Biography

Felipe LUARTE CORREA, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

PhD. in History of India from the University of Delhi, India. Professor and researcher at the Center of Asian Studies (CEA-UC) and the Center of Studies of Religion (CER-UC)

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Published
2017-12-30
Section
Articles

Keywords

Chile, religious movements, neo-Hinduism, neo-vedānta, history, 20th century

How to Cite
LUARTE CORREA, Felipe. A Concise History of Hindu Religiousness in Chile. Revista del CESLA, [S.l.], n. 20, p. 245-260, dec. 2017. ISSN 2081-1160. Available at: <http://revistadelcesla.com/index.php/revistadelcesla/article/view/418>. Date accessed: 16 dec. 2018.