Bengali mythology

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Bengali mythology in a literal sense has been indistinguishable from Indian mythology. It can refer to the historical legends and folk tales of West Bengal and Bangladesh. Given the historical Hindu and Buddhist presence in the region, characters from Vedic and Hindu mythology are present within Bengali literature. Later Islamic settlement has introduced legendary traits that ultimately draw from Middle Eastern inspirations. Such an example of the Vedic and Islamic legend transaction would be the progenitor of Bengalis known as Bonga, Hindu literature credits him as an ancient Hindu Prince Vanga, adopted son of King Vali. Muslim accounts however refer him as Bong, son of Hind who was the grandson of Noah.[1]

Spiritual life of Bengal[edit]

Bengal is known for giving to the world great knowledge about Spiritual and material worlds. Scriptures like Caitanya Caritamrita explain in great details structure of both spiritual and material worlds. It more than just mythology, because it deals with bhakti - eternal relationship of soul, jivaatma with Supersoul, Vishnu, Krsna. Thus we know so many extraordinary narrations about other planes of existence - demigods on higher planets, about Vishnu and His countless avataras. See also: Chaitanya