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Buddhism in South America: an overview with reference to the South American context

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Usarski, Frank

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Abstract In the first part the article offers a preliminary synoptic approach to Buddhism in South America in general. The latter part is based on a combination of different kinds of references, including academic sources, official statistics of religion launched by governmental and research agencies Buddhist directories, estimations of the statistical relevance of Buddhism by continent, by country or in a city, and homepages run by Buddhists institutions active in South America. Since research on Buddhism in Brazil is well advanced, the reader can expect more details in the second part of this essay dedicated to a description and interpretation of the situation in the only Portuguese speaking country in South América.
Keywords South America; Buddhism; Brazil; historical development
Classification Sociology of Religion
Collection Title 2600 Years of Sambuddhatva: Global Journey of Awakening
Editor Abeynayake, Oliver; Tilakaratne, Asanga
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
City Colombo
Page/Pages p. 527-540
ISBN 978-955-9349-33-4
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution