Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2019)
Syncretism in religious and cultural dimension: An empirical study among Hindu, Muslim and Christian community in Chapra block, Nadia, West Bengal
Author(s): Rimi Sarkar, Samita Manna
Abstract: Syncretism has recently re-emerged as a valuable tool for understanding the complex dynamics of ethnicity, interconnectedness and post-modernism. Religious syncretism is exhibits blending of two or more religious belief systems into a new system, or may be due to the incorporation into a religious tradition of beliefs from unrelated traditions. Cultural syncretism is the spontaneous normal ongoing process of assimilation. With the passage of time different groups or communities adopt many new cultural traits and absorb themselves within it. The study is also trying to reveal the nature of assimilation in various forms like the syncretism in the form of Salad Bowl, syncretism in the form of Sandwich or the simple borrowing cultural traits from the dominating groups. Through this process of assimilation, the people of various communities exchange their beliefs, customs and practises and create a new mixed cultural form to accommodate them in the larger horizon of the society.