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Religions 2017, 8(9), 192;

An 18th Century Jesuit “Refutation of Metempsychosis” in Sanskrit

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Received: 28 August 2017 / Revised: 11 September 2017 / Accepted: 11 September 2017 / Published: 17 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific)
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The Punarjanmākṣepa, a work in Sanskrit from the 17th–18th century Jesuit milieu, aims at refuting the notion of reincarnation as believed by the Hindus in India. It discloses an interesting historical perspective of missionary comprehension and criticism of the belief. This paper briefly examines the context, purpose and the rhetorical strategies of the work and incidentally situates the subject of reincarnation in the 18th century European intellectual ideologies. View Full-Text
Keywords: metempsychosis; Hinduism; Jesuits; Carnatic mission; Sanskrit; 18th century metempsychosis; Hinduism; Jesuits; Carnatic mission; Sanskrit; 18th century
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Colas, G.; Colas-Chauhan, U. An 18th Century Jesuit “Refutation of Metempsychosis” in Sanskrit. Religions 2017, 8, 192.

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