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EAST AND WEST, WHERE IS THE
On the other
hand, the pre-Christian Greek, Roman and European religions had deities and practices and
a social culture very close to the ancient Hindu Vedic, as is evident from abundant
similarities of language and customs. Would we say therefore that the ancient Europeans
were originally Easterners like the Hindus but because Westerners through the adaptation
of Christianity, another Eastern religion?
Westerners have designated the majority of the world to be Eastern. It appears that
whatever seems different than the North American and Western European can fall under the
label Eastern. Yet such cultures as India and China--which are lumped together as
Eastern--are as distinct from one another as each is from the culture of Europe. All these
so-called Easterners are not alike. They are a far more heterogeneous group than so-called
Westerners. The Muslims are said to be Easterners, yet they come from the same religious
background as Western culture and their Koran is based upon the Bible.