Bengali Buddhists

Lubomir Ondracka ondracka at TIGER.VSCHT.CZ
Wed Jun 9 10:00:49 UTC 1999

> Are there any studies (historical, anthropological) on
> the Buddhists from (East) Bengal? Are they Buddhists for
> millennia?

Contemporary anthropological study is:
Chittaranjan PATRA, Present Buddhist Tribals and Viharas in West Bengal.
Calcutta : Sarkar & Co., 1991

Short but useful survey is the chapter "Buddhism in:
Benoy Gopal RAY, Religious Movements in Modern Bengal.
Santiniketan : Visva-Bharati, 1965. pp. 161-172.

There are many books and articles on the history of Buddhism in Bengal,
you can see e.g.:
Gayatri SEN MAJUMDAR, Buddhism in Ancient Bengal.
Calcutta : Navana, 1983

Narendranath BHATTACHARYYA, Metamorphoses of Buddhism in Medieval Bengal.
In: Bhaskar CHATTOPADHYAY (ed), Culture of Bengal through the Ages.
Burdwan : University of Burdwan, 1988.

For related informations see:
Maheswar NEOG: Religions of the North-East.
New Delhi : Munshiram Manoharlal, 1984. pp.62-104.

N. N. BHATTACHARYYA, Religious Culture of North-Eastern India.
New Delhi : Manohar, 1995. pp. 117-140.


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