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The culture of India refers to the way of life of the people of India. India's languages,religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. The Indian culture, often labelled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and includes traditions that are several millennia old.[1] Many elements of India's diverse cultures, such as Indian religions, yoga, and Indian cuisine, have had a profound impact across the world. There are two major subcultural variations within India, which evolved mainly by contact with Muslim powers: North Indian States were influenced by the medieval Indo-Persian culture, exemplified by its musical, culinary and architectural designs such as theHindustani classical music and the Taj Mahal, while the culture of South India developed largely independent of foreign influences — three of the four languages classified asclassical languages of India belong to the Dravidian language family, namely Kannada,Tamil and Telugu. Contents  [hide]  * 1 Religions * 2 Perceptions of Indian culture * 3 Family structure and marriage * 3.1 Arranged Marriage * 4 Greetings * 5 Festivals * 6 Names and language * 7 Animals * 8 Cuisine * 9 Clothing * 10 Languages and literature * 10.1 History * 10.2 Epics * 11 Performing arts * 11.1 Dance * 11.2 Drama and theatre * 11.3 Music * 12 Visual arts * 12.1 Painting * 12.2 Sculpture * 12.3 Architecture * 13 Sports and Martial arts * 13.1 Sports * 13.2 Indian martial arts * 14 Popular media * 14.1 Television * 14.2 Cinema * 15 See also * 16 References * 17 Further reading * 18 External links| -------------------------------------------------

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Aarti ritual in Hindu worship

Close-up of a statue depictingMaitreya at the Thikse Monastery in Ladakh, India. Dharmic religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, are indigenous to India.[2] Main article: Religion in India
India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, collectively known as Indian religions.[3] Indian religions, also known as Dharmic religions are a major form of world religions along with Abrahamic one. Today, Hinduism and Buddhism are the world's third and fourth-largest religions respectively, with over 2 billion followers altogether,[4][5][6] and possibly as many as 2.5 or 2.6 billion followers.[4][7] India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world, with some of the most deeply religious societies and cultures. Religion still plays a central and definitive role in the life of many of its people. According to a 2002 census of India, the religion of 80% of the people is Hinduism. Islam is practised by around 13% of all Indians.[8] The country had over 23 million Christians, over 19 million Sikhs, about 8 million Buddhists and about 4 million Jains.[9] Sikhism, Jainism and especially Buddhism are influential not only in India but across the world. Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and the Bahá'í Faith are also influential but their numbers are smaller. Atheism and agnostics also have visible influence in India, along with a self-ascribed tolerance to other people. The Hindu religion has many schools, each with their own unique views.[10] For example, according to Yogavasistha, a spiritual text of the Advaita school of Hindu religion, the values of the liberated (Hindi: जीवन्मुक्ति), self-actualized human being, may...
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