Asian Traditions

Every custom, folklore, tradition and value system across Eastern cultures is heavily influenced by religion. Secularisation of society and mass tourism pose real threats to these shared beliefs and traditional ways of life. Traditional dress is already on its way out and language, customs and value systems are constantly under assault from global media.

Imagine a homogenous world without cultural variations. That would be a tragedy of huge proportions. 

“Every view of the world that becomes extinct,
every culture that disappears,
diminishes a possibility of life.”
~ Octavio Paz

Culture - Alms giving

Portray the importance of language.

Hindu temple in Bangkok

Until next time…happy travels no matter where life takes you.

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

106 thoughts on “Asian Traditions

  1. I never know where we are going to end up next with you and your travel shots Madhu but the surprise is always so well worth it, and always getting under the layers of cultural differences so beautifully.

    1. The high point of a ‘puja’ is when the drumbeats and ringing reach a crescendo! Did you come South at all Gilly?

    1. Thanks Kat.
      You would need to leave your preconceptions behind to fully appreciate India. It might still be hard. Take a peek into this book by an expat. It is a brilliant compilation of stories on living in India.

  2. Have only been in India one night between flights – so I didn’t see much … this have told a bit about your country …. thank you so much and the photos are always of high quality. But on Readers … you post shows photos from Spain and their culture.
    Strange … maybe you should look into that.

    1. I see now that … there is photos from other countries too, like Thailand and Laos … maybe it’s my old laptop that doesn’t open all images up … Readers tells me there is 14 images in total . *smile

      1. I did upload more images than I used Viveka. Have deleted them now, thanks for letting me know. Had no idea unused images showed up in the reader! Shall be over to catch up with you tomorrow. Yikes….later today!! Off to bed now 🙂

        1. I thought it was something like that .. they had been removed … and still hanged in there.
          Hope you had a good nights sleep.
          Night soon again.

  3. such wonderfully rich photos madhu, eastern religious practices are so much more colourful and visible than those in the west … i do so hope that eastern culture survives the onslaught of boring western ways … my post talks a little about bhutan and the efforts they make to preserve their traditional ways …

    1. Thanks Christine. Bhutan was a great choice for this challenge. Nowhere else is there such commitment to preserving national culture.

  4. For me losing the world’s cultural identities would be on the same level as species’ extinctions, a tragedy of grave proportions.

  5. I can’t imagine how empty the world would seem without religious and cultural diversity, Madhu. I can’t wait to experience the beauty of your country someday, so until then, I’m happy to experience India and many other cultural wonders through your blog.
    Take care,
    Elisa

  6. It will be a sad day indeed – all clone like digits.

    We already see this in shopping malls – more and more, they all begin to look alike and even offer the same goods/brands no matter which metropolitan city we go to.

    Wonderful photographs, Madhu.

    Cheers, Eric 🙂

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