Indias Culture Essay

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Indias Culture



Few countries in the world have such an ancient and diverse culture as India’s. India’s
physical, religious and racial variety is as important as the history of how it become
what “Modern India.”

In India, religion is very important to the people. It is a major part of the entire
Indian tradition. For the majority of Indians, religion takes over every aspect of life,
from commonplace daily chores to education and politics. Hinduism is the dominant faith,
practiced by over 80% of the population. Besides Hindus, Muslims are the most prominent
religious group and are an essential part of Indian society.

Common practices are now a part of most religious faiths and all communities share many of
the festivals that mark each year with music, dance and feasting. Each has its own
pilgrimage sites, heroes, legends and even culinary specialties, mingling in a unique
diversity. Hinduism and Buddhism are very similar, being the most practiced by the
Indians. The exact explanation of Hinduism cannot be easily defined. There is no unique
philosophy that forms the basis of the faith of the majority of India's population. It
cannot be traced to a specific founder nor does it have a "holy book" as a basic
scriptural guide. Unlike most other religions, Hinduism does not advocate the worship of
one particular deity. One may worship Shiva or Vishnu or Rama or Krishna or some other
gods and goddesses or one may believe in the 'Supreme Spirit' or the 'Indestructible Soul'
within each individual and still be called a good Hindu. This gives an indication of the
kind of contrasts this religion is marked by. At one end of the scale, it is an
exploration of the 'Ultimate Reality'; at the other end there are cults that worship
spirits, trees and animals. Buddhism, another religion followed by in India, originated
as an offshoot of Hinduism, but eventually it became popular all over Asia. Buddhism is
based on the principle that everything is subject to change, although some things may last
longer than others. The other basic principle of Buddhism is according to which nothing
occurs due to pure chance. Besides natural forces, it is the karma, which leads to the
occurrence of all events.

There are fifteen national languages recognized by the Indian constitution and these are
spoken in over 1600 dialects. Add to this a population of over 900 million today, and that
will give you an idea of how many different ways of communication takes place.

India's official language is Hindi in the Devnagri script. However, English continues to
be the official working language. For many educated Indians, English is virtually their
first language, and for a great number of Indians who are multi-lingual, it will probably
be the second. Hindi is spoken as a mother tongue by about 40.22 percent of the
population, mainly in the area known as the Hindi.

To the foreign traveler, one of the powerful attractions in India is the colorful attire
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