Culture and Customs of India (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Social Science - 210 pages
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India and the Indian ways of life in the new century are freshly and comprehensively overviewed in this volume. This one-stop resource enables students and other interested readers to begin to understand the vast country with its population of one billion people, representing hundreds of social groups with more than 100 languages spoken. Henderson provides expert insight into a cross-section of society. The caste system, Hinduism, the sari, women's roles, and a dazzling array of festivals are just some of the facets of the culture and customs explained.

Although the volume primarily focuses on contemporary India, Henderson's knowledgeable narrative incorporates the progression of culture from the earliest civilization to the nuclear weapons debate. There is no other general, in-depth, up-to-date reference that provides the coverage on the land, people, and history; religion; world view; art and literature; landscape and architecture; food and dress; women, marriage, and family; festivals and leisure activities; music and dance; and social customs and lifestyles. Numerous photos, a chronology, and glossary complement the narrative.

  

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this book is shit ....telling jats as shudras....the author should do his research properly.....jats r forefathers of rajputs ...they r the real ancient kshatriyas of india...

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Contents

Illustrations
ix
Series Foreword
xi
Acknowledgments
xv
Guide to Pronunciation
xvii
Chronology
xix
Land People and History
1
Religion
27
World View
49
Landscape and Architecture
77
Food and Dress
99
Women Marriage and Family
123
Festivals and Leisure Activities
141
Music and Dance
161
Social Customs and Lifestyles
179
Glossary
191
Index
197

Art and Literature
59

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About the author (2002)

CAROL E. HENDERSON is Research Associate and Visiting Part-Time Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.

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