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Hindu shrine and mosque


Hindu shrine and mosque

Doetecum, Baptista van

This coloured engraving shows a hindu shrine to the left, and a mosque to the right. The image from Linschoten's Itinerario belongs with a chapter about the various religions in India. Both the text of the chapter and the captions with the image express disapproval of non-christian religions: the caption calls the image of the Hindu shrine a "horrible depiction of the Indian idols". The caption with the mosque remarks that the Islamic "sect has pervaded almost the entire orient."

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Sources and literature

Linschoten, Jan Huygen van, Itinerario, voyage ofte schipvaert van Jan H. van van Linschoten: naer Oost ofte Portugaels Indien (1596)