Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

Living Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren


  • Silas GuerrieroEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_144-1


The ISKCON, better known as the Hare Krishna Movement, is one of many Hinduism-like movements that sprung in the West since the 1960s. Founded in the United States by a Hindu guru, it spread throughout most countries in Latin America. Today, it is present in over 16 countries in the continent. While self-defined as a Hindu religion, it is possible to notice that some of its characteristics are those of a Western religious group that uses Easter symbols and practices.


The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), better known as the Hare Krishna Movement, was founded in 1965, in the midst of the counterculture movement, with the arrival of an Indian guru in the United States (Knott 1986). Given that it was a time of effervescence and quests for alternative, even religious one, undertaken mostly by the Western youth, the Movement soon gathered followers and spread to other countries. It landed in Latin America a little later, and nowadays, after...


New religious movements Hare Krishna Movement in Latin America New Age Hinduism Counterculture 
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Internet Sites

  1. Iskon Centers. http://www.iskconcenters.com/. Accessed 15 Jan 2015

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da ReligiãoPUC-SP, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São PauloSão PauloBrazil