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Revitalization of Buddhism in Mongolia after 1990

The presearch group studies the revitalization of Buddhism in Mongolia after the introduction of democratic rule in 1990.

Three people. Two gives something to each other. Foto.

About the group

Under the communist regime, lasting for seventy years, almost all Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia were destroyed and a large number of monks were killed or exiled. After the democratic government was introduced in 1990, religious freedom was included in the new constitution, and a revival of Buddhist monasteries started across Mongolia. The research group has conducted several field trips to Mongolia and studied the Buddhist revival in the capital Ulaanbaatar and in the countryside.


The members have made a number of fieldtrips to Mongolia since 1998.

  • The last fieldtrip by Bareja-Starzynska was carried out in the countryside in Mongolia in July 2013
  • Havnevik did research on new temples in Ulaanbaatar in April and July 2013 and visited again in June 2014
  • The Mongolian members of the research team Byambaa Ragchaa (lector at University of Warsaw) and M.phil. Ganzorig Davaa-Ochir, who is permanently based in Ulaanbaatar, continue their collection of data for the project

Members of the project have published a number of articles and arranged an Exhibition on the history of Buddhism in Mongolia (Byambaa and Davaa-Ochir, Ulaanbaatar July 2013). The final results of the project will be published by the University of Warsaw Press.

Published Apr. 6, 2017 10:52 AM - Last modified Apr. 6, 2020 1:47 PM



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