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12 - South_Asia_Feb_19_10 - South Asia Social and Cultural...

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South Asia South Asia Social and Cultural Issues
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Socio-cultural Issues Socio-cultural Issues Village Life Public spaces often dominated by men Purdah: seclusion of women from non- family male gazes Linked to status 70% of South Asians live in villages Traditional trips by urbanites back to ancestral  villages
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Purdah Practice Purdah Practice
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Socio-cultural Issues Socio-cultural Issues Urban Life Portrayed as chaotic, crowded,  dilapidated overstressed infrastructure Daily life is intimate and familiar and not  anonymous Multicultural, educated populations and  productive people  e.g. Koli: appears  impoverished but inside, homes –well appointed,  marble floors, TVs, PCs etc – not a shanty
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Religion in South Asia Religion in South Asia Main religions in South Asia: i. Hinduism ii. Buddhism iii. Sikhism iv. Jainism v. Islam vi. Christianity
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Religion Religion Hinduism 800 million of the world’s 900 million  Hindus live in India Complex set of beliefs, often contradictory  local traditions A major tenet: All gods are illusory  manifestations of the ultimate divinity, which is  formless; worship a number of god and  goddess of regional differences Based on localized folk tradition, the Great  Tradition – literary text. 
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Religion Religion Hinduism continued: Caste: rooted in religion, dietary rules Reincarnation: everything that wishes will  be reborn after death Many worship no gods at all but engage in i.
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