Indian and West Indian Cultures

Document Type:Research Paper

Subject Area:Anthropology

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The culture was considered as an evolutionary process implying that human phases were powered by evolution, and hence societies that did not follow western cultures were contemplated as primitive and culturally subordinate, a factor that facilitated the entrance of western countries in these societies with an aim of colonization (Saikat 2008). Such societies included African countries, Indian and countries at the Far East. Indians come in contact with western countries such as Jamaica during the slave trade. It was also characterized by the manufacture of goods and people working in the plantation farms. The trade was abolished after the civil war which ended in 1877. 6 million West Indians. Due to the fact that they were slaves, plantation and firms were there the main sources of income for the West Indians.

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Despite the disparity in language and ancestry, the states that accommodate the West Indies share a parallel common culture, correspondence to the same experience they got as plantation colonies. Their culture commonly known as the Caribbean people share a blend of different types of people, for instance, African, American Indian, Europeans and a bit of Asian influence (back 2014). East Indians. The celebration is characterized by the use of lights which symbolizes the inner light, protecting them against spiritual darkness. Moreover, they also celebrate a festival known as Holi, commonly referred to as festive of love marked by the use of colors. Indian also celebrates other festivals such as Republic Day (26), Independence (August 15) and Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (October 2). Raju's Family celebrates all of them.

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This is a clear indication that West Indian culture is influenced by a diversity of cultures in Jamaica while East Indian culture dominates India (Saikat 2008). I noted that the Raju family uses the Telugu language. The language is a fundamental aspect in ascertaining one's culture, I can affirm that West and East Indians can be distinguished from the language they both speak (Saikat 2008). Religion. Undeniably, I also noted the fact that the East Indians which is mainly the people that have their origin from India is mainly constituted mainly the Hindus and the Buddhist, which are eminently the third and the fourth biggest religions. For instance, in India, the Hindu cover about 84 percent of the population. According to the way of life and belief, I observed both the west and the east Indians have different foods.

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For instance in the West Indians in Jamaica, they are totally vegetarians henceforth their foods are characterized by foods that include, the Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa and follows a vast number of recipes and curries such as the masala puri and Toor dal among others. I always see the Vakas family always consume vegetables, therefore, I affirm that the family consumes Hindu foods due to the ingredients they buy for instance the Indian soup among others. On the other hand the I noted that the Raju family of the East Indian due to their mixture of religion comprising of the Buddhism and Hindu they are both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. I also observed that East Indians consume foods like the chicken tikka masala and butter chicken among others that are accompanied by cuisines that vary and a lot of spices and herbs.

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