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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 20. Is Adivasi religion the same as Hinduism?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43135


What's at stake in this equation? This essay introduces India's Adivasis, or "Scheduled Tribes," and lays out some key factors to take into account: questions of caste, colonial epistemology, Brahminical tradition, and the politics of Hindu nationalism. For the present-day Hindu Right, the solution to the equation is: "Essentially, yes."

Chapter Contributors

  • William Elison ( - wnelison) 'University of California, Santa Barbara'