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The Cultures, Traditions and Events of South Asia

The Cultures, Traditions and Events of South Asia

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Published by: Markhill Veran Tiosan on Jun 28, 2011
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Tagumpay National High SchoolSchool year of 2011-2012
AssignmentInMapeh II
Article: The Cultures, Traditions andEvents in South Asia.
Submitted By: Markhill V. Tiosan Year and Section: II-Jasmine
Submitted to: Mrs. Lucile Algoso
Table of Contents
The Cultures,Traditions and EventsOf South AsianCultures in South Asia…….South Asian Art and CultureTradition in South Asia…….
Islamic Traditions in South Asia South AsianTraditions and Cultures: Hybridity or Modernization?Events 2010 – South Asia…….31 December, 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal9th December, 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal29th November 2010, New Delhi 
The Cultures,Traditions and EventsOf South Asia
Culture of Asia
culture of Asia
ishumancivilizationinAsia. It features different kinds of cultural heritageof  manynationalities,societies,andethnic groupsin the region, traditionally called a continent from a Western-centric perspective, of Asia. The region or "continent" is more commonly divided into more natural geographic and culturalsub regions,including theCentral Asia, East Asia,South Asia(the "Indian subcontinent"), North Asia,West AsiaandSoutheast Asia. Geographically, Asia is not a distinct continent; culturally, there has been little unity or common history for many of the cultures and peoples of Asia.Asian art,music, andcuisine, as well asliterature, are important parts of Asian culture.Eastern philosophyand religion also plays a major role, withHinduism,Taoism, Confucianism,Buddhism, ChristianityandIslam; all playing major  roles. One of the most complex parts of Asian culture is the relationship between traditional cultures and theWestern world.The South Asian culture is a mixed bowl of a number of different influencing societies, nationalities, ethnictraditions and cultural heritages. The sub-continent is a pot pourrie from the Western-centric perspective and is commonlydivided into natural geographic and cultural regions. The region comprises North Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Central Asia,South West Asia, South East Asia and the Caucasus. Interestingly, and adding to the enigma of the region, Asia is not a distinctcontinent, geographically. It is distinctly home to commonalities in culture and there has been little or no unity within thenatural framework.South Asian culture comprises its art, cuisine, music, literature, philosophy, religions and the complexrelationship between the common, traditional cultures. Home to Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Islam, Confucianism andChristianity, South Asian culture is rich and varied. The nations of South Asia share an ethnic background and most of theterritorial divisions have come up only in the recent past. These similar cultures were basically separated due to varyingreligious compositions. The culture springs from the rich early Indus Valley Civilization that saw the influx and mix of theAryan and Dravidian races. The populace component of South Asia eventually mingled to form a unique common culture.The major exodus from the northwest, near the borders of Afghanistan, saw a major influence on the religions of the sub continent, with the arrival of Islam. Though, in the traditional South Asian culture most divisions were based onreligion, the commonalities are seen in common interests in sports, shared history, geographical conditions, occupations,lifestyles, food and dress. The temples and places of worship are architectural marvels and completely rebuilt, in the same style,every few years. The common material used in the building includes wood, thatch and stone.The South Asian culture includes commonalities in celebrations and festivals. Dance is common to all the culturecomponents as a form of announcing harvest, spring and the onset of winter. The people of South Asian culture dance to the beat of a drum, even as they sing and dance. In South Asia, dance is an integral part of the culture, with slight variations in style.There are courtly dances, dances of celebration and dance dramas. The stories handed down the ages also have a lot of similarity. They all talk of a a terrible flood or years spent to control a deluge and help received from the heavens to ‘fix the

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