[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Forums Chat Annouce Calender DigiCards Recommend Remote Invites
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Awaken Bharata


Keys To The Awakening Of Bharata A Call For An Intellectual...
The Importance Of Kshatriya... 

The Two Wings Of Dharma

Anti-Brahmanism Sarva Dharma Samabhava...
The Danger Of Hindus.... Hinduism Under Siege...
Devic And Asuric ... Sufis And Militance
Hindu Dharma And ...

The New Masks...

Hindu Political And ... The Hindu Renaissance...
Vedic Dharma And ... A Hindu Call...
Major Sections
Books By David Frawley

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Of course one can separate Hindu culture from Hindu religion. One can define Hindu culture as Indian (Bharatiya). One can easily include Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh traditions as Bharatiya because of the many common cultural elements of these native traditions. In addition one can identify Bharatiya elements in Indian Islam or Christianity, with their devotional and mystical trends that reflect a Hindu religious influence, and their dress, food habits, and other outer aspects of life inherited from the local culture.

Yet one cannot pretend that there is no Hindu religious element in the field of Bharatiya culture. The Hindu religion permeates Bharatiya culture, whether it is the music, dance, poetry, mythology, or philosophy. A Hindu element permeates Indian culture more so than a Christian element does that of Europe. Europe had a Greco-Roman background for most of its art, law and philosophy that was pre-Christian in nature, but in India all of these cultural factors have a Hindu background.

Of course India is a big country and there are areas in which an Islamic culture or other non-Hindu or even non-Bharatiya cultures have prevailed, but this cannot be used to override a greater Hindu influence. Therefore the idea that India is a composite culture of Hinduism and Islam, such as many scholars have proposed, is not really true. The dominant culture remains Hindu or Indian, while the Islamic influence is mainly on the religious practices of Indian Muslims. For this reason one cannot entirely separate Hindu religion and either Hindu or Indian culture.

Back ] David Frawley ] Up ] Next ]

About Hindu Political And Religious Critiques
Introduction Pg1
Introduction Pg2
Political Tolerance...Pg1
Political Tolerance...Pg2
Political Tolerance...Pg3
Political Tolerance...Pg4
Hindu Politics Pg1
Hindu Politics Pg2
Hindu Politics Pg3
Hinduism as a Culture Pg1
Hinduism as a Culture Pg2
Hinduism as a Culture Pg3
Hinduism as a Culture Pg4
Hindu Pandering..Pg1
Hindu Pandering..Pg2
Hindu Pandering..Pg3
Hindu Pandering..Pg4
Hindu Religious Critiques Pg1
Hindu Religious Critiques Pg2
Hindu Religious Critiques Pg3
Hindu Religious Critiques Pg4
Hindu Religious Critiques Pg5
The Balance
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
HinduNet Signature Merchandise

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
More Information about HinduNet Inc.
Privacy Statement
The Hindu Universe is a HinduNet Inc., website.
Copyrighted 1994-2003, HinduNet Inc.