Monthly Archives: January 2021

A Unique Cosmogonic Narrative

I love to read the cosmologies of different cultures, certainly the Buddhist ones come to mind but in researching the Dharma Thakur cult their own offering is marvelously represented in the liturgical text, Śūnya Purāṇa. It is presented here in … Continue reading

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The Ubiquitous Dharma-Cult

The so called Dharma-cult of Western Bengal is ubiquitous in that it incorporates heterogeneous religious strains from many diverse traditions, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and assorted indigenous deities. Its main Deity is recognized as the Lord Dharma, or its more popular … Continue reading

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The Nātha Lords

One of the most popular cults of Bengal lore are the Nāthas. It originally developed in Bengal out of a curious mixture of a once mighty Vajrayāna Buddhism and the subsequent Sāivism. Its main impetus is that of a yogic-dimension … Continue reading

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The Rat of the Vital Wind

The end of 2020 was just as momentous of the end of 2019 with the death of my parents. My much beloved male Tonkinese Cat died from cancer. I was devastated. He is dearly missed by me and his surviving … Continue reading

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