The First Western Hindus

When we think of the beginnings of Hinduism in the West we usually think of Swami Vivakananda teaching Vedanta at the World Parliament of Religions in 1896 or of Swami Yogananda founding the Divine Life Mission in Los Angeles in 1920s. In fact, the Western interest in Indian religions in general and in Hinduism in particular began at least four hundred years earlier than this.



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