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Language, cuisine and religious practices, including yoga, are the three most significant ways the culture of ancient India has influenced modern Western culture. Elements of ancient Indian architecture, art, dance and m... More »

Hierarchies dictate social life in India, with all relationships having a clear-cut hierarchy that must be respected. Arranged marriages are still common today, except among the urban middle class, and "love marriages" a... More »

Culture refers to the characteristics that bond a particular group of people, including language, religion, literature, architecture, ethics, music, clothing, cuisine and the arts. Other aspects of a group's culture incl... More »

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