Chinese Culture Similarities

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Similarities between Indian & Chinese Cultures Katyayani Sinha O P Jindal Global University Abstract This paper explores the similarities between selected dimensions of Indian and Chinese culture as learnt and observed by the author during the course of the elective. The areas that will be attempted to be covered in this research paper to draw these comparisons will be history, geography, climate, philosophy, spirituality, cuisine and music. As perhaps the most important and developing nations of South Asia, their close ties of the future and comfort of working harmoniously with each other definitely owes credit to their common ties of historical interactions. Contact is as old as the existence of the silk route, which led to a symbiotic…show more content…
The Silk Road for instance, not only served as an important land trade route between India and China, but is also credited for facilitating the spread of Buddhism from India to the rest of the world. In the 19th century as well, India, China and Britain were involved in what is called the ‘Triangle Trade’ which essentially involved the British traders to grow and export opium from India to China and grow and export tea from China to England (Malhotra, 2013). The fatal addiction of opium left several of the elite ruling class out of their senses and numb to their responsibilities to the people. This concern triggered the First and Second Opium Wars in the…show more content…
Buddhist monks who chanted sacred texts in their daily prayer and during religious rites, brought the same tradition to China. As a consequence, Indian melody was integrated to the more restrained Chinese music. Indian instruments too, were transported to China. Common usages of percussion and string instruments made the emperors, especially Kao-tsu and Yang-tsi especially fond of Indian music. According to the words of contemporary Chinese poet Po Chu-yi, while listening to Indian music, a Chinese audience feels the affinity the two possess despite their distinctive flavours. (2008, na) The cuisines of the two cultures also regard food as not only an essential means of mundane existence, but treat in with reverence and gratefulness to the gods for bestowing them with the privilege of it. The usage of herbal or Ayurvedic ingredients possessing healing and therapeutic qualities in food also represents how food is seen as a means to keep the mind and body in harmony with each

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