In Russia’s Republic of Kalmykia, the remnants of Buddhism sit in the Soviet Union’s lingering shadow

Kalmykia is Europe’s only Buddhist Republic. The region’s people are descended from the nomads who wandered the vast Central Asian steppes under Genghis Khan’s empire. When the empire began to collapse, the Kalmykians migrated toward the Caspian Sea settling what is today called Kalmykia – Kalmyk means “remnant” in the local language.

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Two contestants to vie for Miss Himalaya Pageant 2016

By Tenzin Monlam Pageant Director Lobsang Wangyal with Ayushi Sethi and Parul Patel at the press conference in Dharamshala, October 8, 2016. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon DHARAMSHALA, October 8: The fourth Miss Himalaya Pageant will see two girls from Dharamshala compete for the coveted crown on Sunday at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts Auditorium…

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The King and Queen of Bhutan have shared their joy of how their six-month-old son. Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, is growing up.

The new addition to the Bhutan royal family was born to King Jigme and Queen Jetstun Pema back in February and each month they share a picture of their six-month-old son for a calendar. For the August edition, Queen Jetstun wrote: “It is an exceptional joy to see our beloved Gyalsey grow up so quickly.”…

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Dubai Jubilee Games’ meet brings Ismailis together

10,000 Ismaili Muslims from more than 25 countries attend Jubilee Games’ opening ceremony Over 2,000 athletes from different parts of the world took part in the opening ceremony of weeklong Jubilee Games, an intra-community global sports event, held in Dubai on Saturday. Jubilee Games, organised by the Ismaili Muslim community in association with the Dubai…

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