Indian Culture and Geography
Location: India has an area of approximately 3,287,580 sq. kilometers. It serves as a border to the Bay of Bengal the Indian Ocean, and to the Arabian Sea located to its west. Directly north of India are the Himalayas, the world’s biggest mountain range. India also serves as a neighbor to several different countries. Myanmar and Bangladesh located to its east, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north, Sri Lanka to the South, and finally Afghanistan and Pakistan in the northwest.
Topography: India is separated into 4 main regions, these are the Ganges, Indus Plains, Desert zone, and the Southern Peninsula. Physiologically India is divided ten times. A senior male usually heads families in India. In the senior males household, a family can be very large. The senior male’s family can include his unmarried children, married children alongside their wives and kids, unmarried younger brothers and sisters, and married brothers with their wives and children. It is common however for families to separate once the father dies. This idea of family is true for both the nuclear family and extended family.
As already stated above the size of a typical Indian family is very large. The senior male is responsible for providing financial assistance to the family while his wife takes care of the house. She assigns chores to all of the females in the household. The Elderly are taken care of dearly by their family members.
The marriage traditions in India have been in existence for a very long time. They have a long and important set of rules that are carefully followed by most. A marriage arrangement is a big responsibility for the parents of both the female and male. A marriage is arranged based primarily on religion, family wealth, and the hope for good biological reproduction.
Marriages in India are no different than in most of the countries around the world. It is a very special event for the bride and groom’s family and friends. For both the male and the female marriage is a big change not only socially but mentally as well. Only once married is one truly considered to have made the transition to adulthood. Married couples display a strong for male children. Males are desired more because of the financial contribution they may supply for the family.
Girls, on the other hand, are sometimes viewed as very big liabilities, the more one has the more liable one is. They are viewed as very expensive to support and require very expensive dowries once they are married. Families that have many girls and very few or no males are in great danger of experiencing a financial disaster.
The roles played by males and females in Indian society have a very strong presence. Their roles have changed very little in the last couple of decades. Males are the dominant sex in society. Females have very little power or control over their lives. The male’s main role is to provide financial stability.