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The Baul are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal which includes Indian State of West Bengal and the country of Bangladesh. Bauls constitute both a syncretic religious sect and a musical tradition. Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many sects, but their membership mainly consists of Vaishnava Hindus and Sufi Muslims. They can often be identified by their distinctive clothes and musical instruments. Not much is known of their origin. Lalon Fokir is regarded as the most important poet-practitioner of the Baul tradition. Baul music had a great influence on Rabindranath Tagore's poetry and on his music ( Rabindra Sangeet).

Though Bauls comprise only a small fraction of the Bengali population, their influence on the culture of Bengal is considerable. In 2005, the Baul tradition was included in the list of " Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.

Usage examples of "baul".

Shadows were crossing the baulks -- workers deserting the dig, moving silently towards the sanctuary of the other crawler.

Huu and Kip had gone to Cerro Baul, which was an ancient city, now deserted, with many marvels of stone, for work on a large stone statue that was being prepared as a monument.

That was inevitable, because Cerro Baul had been a mountaintop fortress-city, back in the years of empire.

Cerro Baul was solidly walled atop a mountain so steep that in some places the sides were vertical.

The archaeological dig was an array of deep square shafts separated by baulks of sheer sided soil: the classical Wheeler box-grid.

 She  knew  Nick would  baulk  at  first  at  the  idea  of  paying  more  staff,  but  the  other  side  of  the  equation indicated  that  the  hotel  would  be  profitable  for  the  next  two  weeks  at  least,  and  possibly afterwards.

  The rigiment of whom I was kurnel, finerly concluded they was better adapted as Home Gards, which accounts for your not hearin of me, ear this, where the bauls is the thickest and where the cannon doth roar.