This is an amazing fact that I just learned: There is an outpost of Tibetan Buddhism on the Caspian shore. It is Kalmykia, a republic of the Russian Federation with 292,410 inhabitants speaking a Mongolic language. There must be an intriging tale of Völkerwanderung (wandering of the peoples) behind this fact.
(I have previously known that Tuva, bordering Mongolia, with a population of 305,510, is Tibetan Buddhist in its culture.)
Here appear occasional jottings of my random musings. Profound or jejune, they reveal the contours of my mental universe, with world history, intellectual history, civilizations, philosophy, religion, society, knowledge, and books as some major themes. Since May 2011, this blog has been exclusively focused on Singapore. All my other reflections are now posted in "Notes from Noosphere" (see link under "Miscellany" on the right margin).
Saturday, October 16, 2010
An outpost of Tibetan Buddhism on the Caspian shore
Posted by Helluo Librorum at 8:53 AM
Labels: Kalmykia, Tibetan Buddhism, Tuva
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