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Published in Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, ed. David Wishart (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2004), p. 746. Copyright © 2004 University of Nebraska Press. Used by permission.


Hinduism is the Western name given to a religious tradition developed over thousands of years in India. Because it has no creed or major institutional structure, it is intricately intertwined with societal systems, and some scholars declare that it is impossible to separate Hinduism as a religion from other aspects of Indian society. This means it is virtually impossible to define precisely what constitutes the Hindu religion, especially when transferred into a different cultural setting such as the Great Plains.

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