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 » History Ancient History

Cooked rice and Roti, which is a flat, unleavened bread made from whole-wheat flour, pearl millet or corn, are the staple foods of the people in India. In typical Indian meals, these two main foods are consumed along wit... More » Food Food Facts

People greet each other in India with a namaste. The hands are brought together with palms touching gracefully in front of the chest, and the head is bowed slightly as the person utters the word "namaste." More » World View Social Sciences Cultures & Traditions
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