What you should know about Indian culture
India has a great diversity of religions; It is the birthplace of great religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. About 84 percent of Indians are Hindus. At the same time, one of the largest Muslim population groups in the world lives here. Jews and Christians have also been in India for about 2000 years. Did you know that religious fasting is an integral part of Hinduism? Fasting does not necessarily mean that the body has to do without food. Instead, sometimes it is enough to reduce or substitute certain types of food for others. Mahatma Gandhi was a fervent defender of fasting out of religious conviction. The name "India" comes from the Indus River, in whose valley Indian civilization was established more than 5,000 years ago. Native believers called the river Sindhu. The Persian invaders changed it to Hindu. The name "Hindustan", which is often used for India, means "land of the Hindus". In the Hindi language, the name "Bharat" is used. The most common greeting in India is "námaste". In Sanskrit, "námaste" means "the divine in me bows before the divine in you." It serves as a "hello" and a "bye" and can be used at any time and by anyone. Another less common greeting is touching the feet of an older person with both hands to pay respect.
Unlike in the West, people in India do not choose to get married on any given day. Families go to clergymen and astrologers to choose a suitable date. The couple's horoscopes are also checked to see if they are compatible. A Hindu wedding lasts for many hours. The event includes several ceremonies that take place before the royal wedding. The bindi (an ornament on the forehead), bracelets and Sindoor (vermilion powder) are symbols worn by married Hindu women. They are also known to have a certain physiological effect. Sindoor, for example, consists of lime, turmeric, and mercury and is said to control blood pressure and activate the sex drive due to its properties.
The Hindus put the woman on a high pedestal. Some even worship her as a goddess. But in everyday life it is very different: they are treated less respectfully. The country is considered one of the most dangerous for women: every 20 minutes a woman is raped, according to official data. The murder of girls is still widespread. Cows are sacred to Hindus. But they do not consider them gods. In Hindu mythology, the animal is related to various deities, such as Krishna. It is also economically important and reasonable for the poor to use different cow products in everyday life, such as milk, curd, butter, urine or manure.