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Indian culture

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Indian culture is rich in many aspects and strongly established in striking characteristics stemming the way Indians live.

One of its particularities is the stratified society. In caste social organization, staying in the same social group throughout the individual's life is mandatory.

Music is strongly related to the religion of this people, for which this art brings balance. Here you will find religiosity and customs of the rich Indian people!

Religion

The Indian religions are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Hinduism is one of the religions that comprises the largest number of adherents in the world.

Indian homes often have a sanctuary acts of worship involve offering incense, flowers and fruit to the gods.

In addition to prayers, mantras (considered powerful and divine sounds) are practiced by Indian people who have the custom of making pilgrimages.

One of them consists of going to the Ganges river to throw the ashes of the dead there, which, according to India's belief, ensures the eternal rest of their souls.

Gods of Hinduism

The deity in India is made up of a series of gods; Hinduism - the main religion in that country - is polytheistic. Shiva is the main god of Hinduism and is known as the destroyer. Together with Brahma (the creator) and Vishnu (the conservative) they symbolize the Hindu trinity, which represents the cyclical relationship of destruction, creation and conservation.

Indian culture

Among the gods venerated by the Indians, we can quote:

Ganesha - god of wisdom.

Indra - god of war and climate.

Kali or triple goddess - goddess of creation, destruction and transformation.

Lakshmi - goddess of generosity, prosperity and purity.

Varuna - goddess of the sky, rain and the ocean.

Yama - god of death.

Customs in India

Indian wedding

The Indian wedding is a party that lasts at least a whole day, in which there is a lot of color in the decoration and, especially, an abundant table.

For the wedding, the bride prepares for a week. Her hands, feet and arms are tattooed with the henna technique, the ink of which remains on the skin for only a few days. The tattoo consists of the letters of your fiance's name.

The Indian bride does not wear white, but rather colorful clothes, especially in reddish tones.

Indian clothing

Sari, kurta and dothi are the names of some pieces of Indian clothing. The sari, which is a large piece of cloth, is a feminine garment that can be tied in many ways. The way in which it is worn varies not only the regions of India but also the status of the woman who wears it, so that the costume conveys its social class as well as its lifestyle.

The kurta and the dothi, in turn, are masculine garments.

Indian cuisine

Most Indians do not eat beef. They are vegetarian because in India, this animal is sacred.

Indian cuisine is characterized by being well seasoned, the diversity of spices and the abundant use of nuts. The favorite drink is tea.

Indian dance

Bharatanatyam is considered an exotic dance for Brazilians. Not only in terms of the movements, but also because of the clothes and props used by the dancers (bracelets and anklets), which help to promote more musicality.

Mudras help to compose movements that require a lot of technique for this beautiful dance. These hand gestures evoke the Buddha's teachings and are used during meditation.


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