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Cham Ahiér also known as “Localized Cham-Hinduism”, “Agama Cham”, “Agama Ahiér” Noseworthy, William
Cham Ahiér are a religious community in what is now Vietnam that have practiced a unique religion from the 17th century to the present. Elements of this religion, such as ancestor veneration, or the worship of animistic dieties and Hindu gods, likely existed in their community from at least as early as the 4th century. However, beginning in the 10th century, some Cham communities began to become influenced by Islam as well. During the seventeenth century, the contemporary form of Cham Ahiér religion became more standardized, as rulers from the Kingdom of Panduranga encouraged practices that blended concepts from the Cham Awal - who practiced a localized form of Islam - and the Cham Ahiér, whose practice is predominantly based on a Brahmanic form of Hinduism. Today, the Cham Ahiér are predominantly Hindu practitioners, although the religion exhibits flares of animistic, shamanistic, and Islamic influence.
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