Mauritius - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Country Overview

In order to preserve the character of a multicultural country practicing different faiths and religious customs, Mauritius guarantees freedom of religious practice (according to section two of the constitution, which was ratified in 1968). Mauritians practice no fewer than five of the major world religions.

Major Religions

Hinduism

History

Between 1728 and 1746 the French colonial government imported artisans, unskilled laborers, slaves, and sailors from South India. Many of them were Hindus who eventually remained in Isle de France (as Mauritius was then known). The first Hindu place of worship on the island was built in 1771 in Port Louis. In 1840 a Hindu temple was erected at Clemencia, and another, known as the Sinnatambou Temple, was later built at Terre Rouge.

Between the 1830s and the early 1930s, there was the mass importation of laborers from different regions of prepartitioned India. During this period Hindus in Mauritius suffered from...

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