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Old February 7th, 2015, 05:55 AM   #1
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Does Hinduism exist to the east of modern day North Eastern boundary of India


I mean east of Indias north east (Arunachal, Tripura line) and east of Bangladesh. Are there any territories with substantial Hindu populations under Chinese control in Tibet or in Burma. Please only include those parts which are in the vicinity or bordering Modern India. Did Tibet have a historical presence of Hindus among the local populace?
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Has there been a place adjacent to the east of modern day India's borders that was historically in the Hindu heartland. I dont mean places like Bali etc. What I mean is are the borders of modern India the borders of the Hindu religious faith in the subcontinent historically. Are there Hindus of the Indic type who were in adjacent areas to the east of modern India
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No(apart from Trading Posts, Chola Conquests and it's aftermath). Tibet's original religion was Bon Religion, so not in Tibet too.
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No(apart from Trading Posts, Chola Conquests and it's aftermath). Tibet's original religion was Bon Religion, so not in Tibet too.
thanks SSDD. You understood the question very correctly. So there were no Hindu peoples anywhere in South Western China as well?

Another question is apart from Manipur and Tripura which have had a native Hindu tradition; did Arunachal, Sikkim and especially Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya have a native Hindu tradition. I understand Sikkim got Hinduism from Nepalese who migrated there, but what about the natives there same for Arunchal; did it have indigenous Hindus before full integration with India. What is the case with the other 3 Christian states?

Were the North Eastern states part of the Hindu/Indic religious sphere historically(among their natives that is not migrants)
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thanks SSDD. You understood the question very correctly. So there were no Hindu peoples anywhere in South Western China as well?

Another question is apart from Manipur and Tripura which have had a native Hindu tradition; did Arunachal, Sikkim and especially Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya have a native Hindu tradition. I understand Sikkim got Hinduism from Nepalese who migrated there, but what about the natives there same for Arunchal; did it have indigenous Hindus before full integration with India. What is the case with the other 3 Christian states?

Were the North Eastern states part of the Hindu/Indic religious sphere historically(among their natives that is not migrants)
No, I dont think tribal Nagas, Mizos or Arunachalis were Hindu by their tribal animist religion. Not all animism is not Hinduism. Hinduism is not an exclusive religion, still to be a Hindu one needs to worship Hindu Gods while also worshiping tribal Gods(like Central Indian tribes I think) which was never case with these people.

Nagaland followed Heraka religion(name may differ slightly), then Nehru Government gave everyone free right. Basically in 1960's Nagaland became Christian. Heraka religion still has IIRC est. 7000 followers.

Dont know about Mizoram. Arunachal was basically divided between Buddhist and animists. Buddhists being closely related to Tibet. Since Arunachal was part of Tibet(Dalai Lama in his young age IIRC lived in Tawang Monastery). Manipuris were in process of being Hinduanized but it was too slow.

However in Meghalaya we have instances that many Garo tribals became Hindu and became Vaishnavite Hindu being influenced by Assamese Saint Srimanta Shankardev along with a few Bhutiyas.
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No, I dont think tribal Nagas, Mizos or Arunachalis were Hindu by their tribal animist religion. Not all animism is not Hinduism. Hinduism is not an exclusive religion, still to be a Hindu one needs to worship Hindu Gods while also worshiping tribal Gods(like Central Indian tribes I think) which was never case with these people.

Nagaland followed Heraka religion(name may differ slightly), then Nehru Government gave everyone free right. Basically in 1960's Nagaland became Christian. Heraka religion still has IIRC est. 7000 followers.

Dont know about Mizoram. Arunachal was basically divided between Buddhist and animists. Buddhists being closely related to Tibet. Since Arunachal was part of Tibet(Dalai Lama in his young age IIRC lived in Tawang Monastery). Manipuris were in process of being Hinduanized but it was too slow.

However in Meghalaya we have instances that many Garo tribals became Hindu and became Vaishnavite Hindu being influenced by Assamese Saint Srimanta Shankardev along with a few Bhutiyas.

What about Sikkim? I heard the Jaintias had a Hindu king and were more Hinduised. Yet looking at modern demography it seems they Christianized more deeply while Garos still have some Hindus? Why is that? Infact there is even a Jaintia Shakti peeth
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The Cham people in Vietnam and Cambodia practise Hinduism. The Cham people once inhabited whole of Southern Vietnam in Champa Kingdom until their Kingdom fell to Vietnamese and their region got assimilated as Vietnamese although some minorities still remain. Now a days, many Chams are Muslims.

Apart from this Balinese and some other Indonesian community practise Hinduism.
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