Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Indian Culture

India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food and customs differ from place to place within the country, but nevertheless possess a commonality.
The culture of India is an amalgamation of these diverse sub-cultures spread all over the Indian subcontinent and traditions that are several millennia old.
India is the birth place of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, collectively known as Indian religions.Indian religions, also known as Dharmic religions are a major form of world religions along with Abrahamic ones.

Today, Hinduism and Buddhism are the world's third- and fourth-largest religions respectively, with over 2 billion followers altogether, and possibly as many as 2.5 or 2.6 billion followers.
Namaste, Namaskar or Namaskara or Namaskaram, Vanakkam (Tamil) or Asssalamu alaikum (Urdu / Persian) Sat Shri Akal (Punjabi) is a common spoken greeting or salutation in the Indian subcontinent.

Namaskar is considered a slightly more formal version than Namaste but both express deep respect. It is commonly used in India and Nepal by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs],

and many continue to use this outside the Indian subcontinent. In Indian and Nepali culture, the word is spoken at the beginning of written or verbal communication.

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