The Esoteric Beliefs of the Bauls of Bengal

  title={The Esoteric Beliefs of the Bauls of Bengal},
  author={Charles Capwell},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={255 - 264}
Among their fellow Bengalis, the Bauls, who constitute a religious sect, are esteemed because their iconoclasm, disregard of caste, and merger of Hindu and Islamic traditions gives them an enviable freedom to confront life as individuals outside the prevailing social and religious confines. They are loved, too, because they do not preach but rather woo with charming poems set to irresistible tunes that may compel them to dance. 

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