The Cambridge Dictionary defines culture as “a way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs, of a particular people at a particular time.” The dictionary also defines heritage as “features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages, or buildings that were created in the past and still have historical importance.” (Cambridge Dictionary, 2020). This paper attempts to describe the Indian people’s culture and heritage while highlighting the importance of culture and heritage to people in all societies.
Spirituality has always been an important aspect of Indian Culture and heritage. Teachings from Buddha, Mahavira, and Lord Krishna have transcended centuries among Indians and continue to be a great source of Inspiration among the modern Indian people. Among these popular teachings include beliefs in karma, non-violence, reincarnation, non-stealing, and chastity (Light & Martin, 1985). The Indian temples are among the most important places that continue to preserve the culture and heritage both by temple designs and the spiritual teachings offered therein.
The joint family system is a hallmark of Indian culture and heritage. In this system, Indians have always valued family ties and extended families lived in the same house. To date, this remains a tradition among Indians and they continue to live together even in the modern period (Light & Martin, 1985). This tradition has contributed to the preservation of Indian culture. Indians still believe in family and families continue to play a big role in the modern Indian person.
Indian traditions promote virtues such as generosity, simplicity as well as frugality. These virtues, according to the Indian culture are core to the spiritual identity of an individual (Light & Martin, 1985). These values have allowed Indians to survive in harsh climates and succeed in business as well. Frugality in business is an Indian stereotype that is globally recognized. These virtues and deep beliefs in them have promoted the Indian culture and kept it alive for centuries.
The Indian culture is, undoubtedly, among the oldest and continues to thrive. Indian people’s culture and heritage are founded on morality, spirituality, and a sense of harmony in society.
Cambridge Dictionary | English Dictionary, Translations & Thesaurus. (2020). Retrieved 1 July 2020, from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/
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