Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: THE INDIAN THE INDIAN CULTURE Neel Patel & Julia Nan SPEECH SPEECH • Languages: Hindi – dialects (Gujarati, Marati, Tamil, etc.) ­ ­English in the south and urban areas • Writing System: symbolic alphabet based on syllables MATERIAL TRAITS MATERIAL TRAITS • Food Habits: herbs/spices, rice/wheat/lentils • Shelter: houses build with concrete foundation & brick walls ­small towns have 1 or 2 story houses ­cities have multistory/high­rises (apartments/small­flats), ­in dry/sunny areas – chowks (open space in center of house) & terraces ­in rainy areas – slanted roofs MATERIAL TRAITS cont. MATERIAL TRAITS cont. • Transportation: Traditional ­ walking, palanquins for rich/noble, bicycles, hand­ pulled rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, trams Local ­ buses, auto rickshaws, taxis, metro rails, motorcycles, automobiles, utility vehicles Long Distant ­ railway, int’l trains, aircrafts, ships/boats MATERIAL TRAITS cont. MATERIAL TRAITS cont. • Dress: Women – Sari (a long sheet of colorful cloth with patterns draped over a simple or fancy blouse) Choli­ long skirt. Men – Kurta (loose shirt falling either above or below the knees) Sherwani (long coat­like garment worn over a kurta) MATERIAL TRAITS cont. MATERIAL TRAITS cont. • Utensils/Tools: cooking: pauni­perforated spoon meant for frying, tandoor­cylindrical clay oven cooked over charcoal/wood, idli cooker­stainless steel container which makes cooking idlis • Weapons: machine guns, nuclear missiles, rifles, pistols, revolvers • Occupations/Industries: rural areas­farming, fishing. urban areas , IT related, banking, textiles. retail, hospital and medicine ARTS ARTS • Longest continuous legacy of jewelry­ making • Sculptures and cliff painting • TAJ MAHAL (Seven Wonders of the World) • Music – folk, pop, and classical • Dances – classical, folk MYTHOLOGY/SCIENTIFIC MYTHOLOGY/SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE • Mythology – dominantly Hinduism, polytheistic The Hindu Trimurti ­ three Gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. • Scientific Knowledge – similar to major countries around the world such as USA, Russia, China, Japan, and Great Britain; such as nuclear technology and medicine. Ritual Forms Ritual Forms • Hinduism • Offerings of flowers, fruits, etc. • Charity • Going to Temples • Chanting of Prayers Treatment of Sickness and Death Treatment of Sickness and Death • Sickness is treated with the way of Ayurveda ­ Sickness is caused by the inbalance of Dosha ­ Herbs and diet plans are used • The dead is cremated ­ the eldest son performs the ritual ­ ash is thrown into river Marriage and Gender Roles Marriage and Gender Roles • Arranged marriage based on horoscope and position in the caste system • Marriage is usually life long • Male is the leader of family • Female is the supporting role Child Rearing and Education Child Rearing and Education • Children grow up in loving family • Children learns to be obedient to parents • Physical punishment is socially acceptable • Education consists of 8 year of elementary school, 4 years of secondary education, and 5 year of college Government Government • The Union Government • Created under the Constitution of India • The government comprises three branches: 1. the Executive 2. the Legislative 3.the Judiciary Law and Punishment Law and Punishment • Capital punishment is still practiced in India • Death penalty is carried out by hanging • Defendants can appeal sentence Social Classes Social Classes • • • • • • • Caste system: Brahman (priests) Kshatriya (rulers, warrior) Vaishya (merchants) Shudra (artisan, farmers) Harijans (untouchables). Caste system maintains social order • • • • • • • • • • • • BIBLIOGRAPHY BIBLIOGRAPHY Bateman, Alexis. "Child Rearing Beliefs & Practices in Indian Culture." Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <­beliefs­practices­indian­culture.html> "Category: Weapons of India." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <>. "Health and Health Care of Asian Indian American." Stanford University. Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <>. "Hindu Way of Life." Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <>. "India." Encyclopedia ­ Britannica Online Encyclopedia . Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <­life­and­social­customs>. "Indian Cooking Utensils – Kitchens of India." Kitchens of India ­ Feast for Senses | A Culinary Journey through India. 2008. Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <>. "India Education." Education in India ­ Schools, Colleges, Universities . Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <­india/>. "India's Caste System." Home ­ CSU, Chico. Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <>. Majumder, Sanjoy. "India and the Death Penalty." BBC News ­ Home. Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <>. Patel, Rajendra R. "Indian Culture." Personal interview. 2 Mar. 2011. "Transport in India." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <>. "Yahoo! Answers ­ What Are Common Occupations in India?" Yahoo! Answers ­ Home. Web. 03 Mar. 2011. <>. ...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course CHIN 252 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Ahsanullah University of Sci & Tech.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online