Sunday, August 22, 2010

Europe's Only Buddhist State

"It is the only state in Europe where the dominant religion is Buddhism" — Kalmykia.

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3 Comments:

Blogger kushibo said...

Thanks. I always like hearing about geographical oddities.

I never knew such a place as a predominantly Buddhist state existed in Europe, not even the huge section of European Russia that is close to western Asia.

3:13 AM  
Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

It is very interesting to read about how the Soviets went soft on them to try to draw in Mongolia and Tibet.

And interesting corollary to this post, which I first came across your blog anyway, might be a link to

http://orientem.blogspot.com/2010/01/mongolias-white-russian-buddhist-khan.html

8:12 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I caught a documentary of Kalmykia a few years ago and it stuck with me. Imagine! A Buddhist state populated by people of Mongolian ancestry due South of Volgograd!

Stalin also relocated most of the Koryo-In (Korean-Russians) from the Russian Far East to the Central Asia -stans.

9:28 PM  

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