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Indian Culture

Dancing Ganesha

The Goddess Durga Victorious

- People of India do not use their left hand for handling food. The left hand is considered unclean since it is used for other matters such as using the restroom.

Tamil Shiva



- In the Indian culture it is a norm to dress conservatively, this is especially important for women. Indian women always wear clean, pressed, non-revealing clothing. Women must have their shoulders, legs and heads covered. If a women were to wear revealing clothes it would be looked down upon and they would bring unwanted attention to them.

- A norm of the Indian culture is to take off your footwear before entering a home or place of worship, it is considered good manners.



- Om is the most significant symbol of the Indian culture. Om represents the cosmic sound from which the universe originated. Om is the first shape every child draws when they begin their education. - Swastika is the symbol of good fortune and "well-being". The symbol also signifies the four heads of Brahma


- ALWAYS take off your shoes before entering a place of worship and make sure your legs AND shoulders are covered - Do not point your feet at people or touch people or objects with your feet. In Hinduism there is a hierarchy of body parts and feet are the lowest, they are considered unclean. - Dress conservatively especially if you're a women because Indian men may make false notions about your availability which can cause sexual harassment, something that is very widespread in India.

- Respect is valued very highly in the Indian culture. The socially inferior must always display respect to the inferior of the social hierarchy. Children are taught at a young age to always respect their elders. Women show respect by always having their head and sometimes faces covered. - Family is also an important value in this culture. People of this culture are very close to their family and also their extended family. The Indian culture follows a patriarchal family structure, in this structure the oldest male runs the house and the elders are always taken care of by the other family members. Family is considered the dominant institution in the life of individuals.




Social Change

There are very few subcultures within the Indian culture that have been identified. Most of these subcultures only exist in a certain region of India. For example the the Gonds are a subculture that prevalent in Central India, the Gonds are a hill tribal group that have their own religion called Gondwana. Another subculture is the Tamils who practice Hinduism and Islam, they inhabit Southern India.

- The younger generation of the Indian culture have become more independent and have started to adopt western cultures. This younger generation are moving out of their family house at a younger age and are beginning to explore on their own and want to make their own choices rather than their parents or other family member making it for them. - Another social change happening in this culture deals with arranged marriages. Traditionally the parents would arrange a marriage for their son or daughter. These arranged marriages would typically happen at a young age and most of the time the son or daughter wouldn't actually met their soon to be spouse until the wedding day. Now arranged marriages have changed, men and women have more freedom of choice and are allowed to decline someone their parent sets up for them.


The Indian culture is very traditional and is a strict way of life. People of this culture have a high value of respect which is displayed in a lot of their norms, such as taking off your shoes before entering a place of worship or always greeting the elder of a group first. There is a very rigid structure of hierarchy in this culture as well that makes the elderly more superior and women inferior. Family's in the Indian Culture are extremely close knit, the family is an essential part of the culture. Freedom of choice and independence is limited especially to the younger Indians and women because of the strict structure and traditions. But with the changing times and western cultural influence, the Indian culture is now going through social changes that allows for more freedom of choice and independence.



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