Bengali Culture and History Quiz

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10 Questions

Which language do most Bengalis speak?

Where are the Bengali-majority populations found in India?

Where is the global Bengali diaspora well-established?

Which ethnic group is larger than the Bengalis?

In which South Asian country are Bengalis the largest ethnic group?

Who composed Caryapada?

When was Caryapada discovered?

What does Caryapada provide insight into?

What did Haraprasad Shastri publish in 1916?

What is the significance of Caryapada's discovery?


Caryapada: Ancient Bengali Buddhist Text

  • Caryapada is a collection of 47 songs in the form of Buddhist verses in ancient Bengali language

  • Published in 1916 with the help of Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

  • Composed by Siddhacharya, a prominent Buddhist philosopher

  • Provides insight into the hidden practices and philosophical aspects of Buddhism

  • Considered as the earliest literary evidence in Bengali language

  • Acknowledged as the starting point of Bengali literature and history

  • Discovery of the original text in 1907 by Haraprasad Shastri from a Nepalese royal library

  • Raja Rajendra Lal Mitra mentioned the existence of Caryapada in 1882

  • Haraprasad Shastri's exploration in Nepal in 1897 and 1898 led to the collection of Buddhist manuscripts

  • In 1907, during his third visit to Nepal, he discovered the manuscript "Caryacharyabinishchaya" in the Nepalese royal library

  • Caryapada's age and its first composition date remain uncertain

  • The discovery of Caryapada significantly contributed to the understanding of ancient Bengali literature and cultureBengali Literary Work by Haraprasad Shastri

  • Haraprasad Shastri published the "Bangiya Sahitya Parishad" in 1916, containing ancient Bengali Buddhist songs and couplets, along with commentary.

  • The publication includes the Dohas of Saraha and the Advaya Vajra in simple Sanskrit.

  • It was published by the Bengali Sahitya Parishad and contains a preface by the editor, Haraprasad Shastri.

  • The work was published with a thousand-year-old Bengali Buddhist song and couplet with a commentary called "Mekhala" by Acharyapada.

  • The publication was a compilation of 46 complete and 1 incomplete verse.


Test your knowledge of Bengali culture and history with this quiz! From the origins of the Bengali people to their cultural influence in South Asia, this quiz will challenge your understanding of this Indo-Aryan ethnolinguistic group. Whether you're familiar with Bangladesh, West Bengal, Tripura, or the Barak Valley, this quiz will put your knowledge to the test.

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