Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Brahmanism in Bengal - Summary

In the previous 4 posts, I have discussed briefly the origins of organized Brahmanism in Bengal. Below I have provided a brief summary of all that I have covered so far.

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Article 1:
Brahmanism in Bengal - 01 - The Earliest Historical Evidence of Brahmin presence in Bengal

I started by giving historical evidence of the earliest Brahmin presence in ancient Bengal. By ancient Bengal, I refer to the present day region comprising of Communist West Bengal, Islamic Bangladesh and some parts of Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam.

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Article 2:
Brahmanism in Bengal - 02 - Classification of Bengali Brahmins

In this article, I discussed the classification of Bengal Brahmins - about the Radhis (to which I belong), the Varendra, the Vaidikas, the Shakdwipis, the Madhya Sreni and the Sapta Satis.

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Article 3:
Brahmanism in Bengal - 03 - Origin of Organized Brahminism in Bengal

Then we went on talk about the traditional stories regarding the origin of the Radhiya Brahmins. I talked about how King Adisura of Bengal in the 10th century AD had brought 5 Brahmins from a place called Kolancha (which may or may not be Kanauj) and how these 5 Brahmins are the pro-genitors of all Mukherjees, Benerjees, Chaterjees, Gangulys and Ghoshals.

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Article 4:
Brahmanism in Bengal - 04 - On Adisura

In article 4, I tried to enumerate all that we know about King Adisura from historical as well as from traditional sources. And based on that, we tried to figure out who King Adisura may have been and consequently pin-point the time-frame in which this migration of the 5 Brahmins from Kolancha took place

In the coming days, I would talk about other aspects of Brahmanism in Bengal.

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