David N. Snyder wrote:Cool, the original JuBu's. (Jew-Boos -- for Jewish-Buddhists)
It is possible. The Jews are an incredibly tenacious people, however, and even at that time they had already been through a lot
. It's hard to believe they would convert to Buddhism very easily, but it is possible. We can see from the video that in Harat, until the late 1980's the Jewish line was unbroken, so they were not practicing Buddhists. However, their neighbors certainly converted to Islam at some point. At some point were some of the Israeli descendants there practicing Buddhists? So far the only evidence that might point in that direction is the fact that at least one (if not more?) of the Asokan Pillars were created with Aramaic (and it appears to be Jewish Aramaic dialect, I'm not sure but the researcher could read it, and the pillar is not terribly far from Harat, where the Jews lived and worshipped). Of course, that is not definitive evidence by any means, but it does show there is a possibility.