Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
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Hinduism in Brazilian Literature

  • Dilip LoundoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_158


Brazil and India are complex societies, with huge populations and territorial areas and endowed with an extraordinary cultural diversity (Loundo 2013a). Despite this unique potential for effective interaction, the history of systematic intellectual exchanges between the two countries has been quite modest. This favored a relative dominance of stereotypes and prevented the development, within the sphere of Brazilian literature, of consolidated perceptions about Asia and, more specifically, about India. The origins of this diffused presence of India in Brazilian intellective imagination go back, symbolically, to the prolonged visit to the court of Emperor D. Pedro II (1825–1891), during the second half of the nineteenth century, of a Sanskrit professor who had previously attended to the court of British Queen Victoria. From that moment until the present date, the “alternative” spaces of dissemination of Yoga, “oriental” mysticism and Indian philosophy have grown exponentially...


Hinduism Brazilian Literature Post-colonial 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da ReligiãoFederal University of Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil