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Why is India considered culturally separated from Asia?
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/16/13
Indians are Asian just because India is on the Asian continent,

As for the make-up of India, you can actually see the influence along the north-south axis.

The genetic make-up in the south has been more influenced by Africa and the north by the 'Mongloid' races and the middle east. Indian Ocean natives (a fair bit of Réunion excluded) look very African.

South Indians, such as the Tamils are very dark skinned and have some African like facial features.

Northern Indians are fairer. Their genetic traits are likely Middle Eastern in origin, though even further Western genes are mixed in there due to Western influence for centuries (think Alexander the Great etc.), and some 'Mongloid' influence.

Then as you go into the Himalaya, you encounter more people of Mongloid origin. A lot of this land has only fairly recently be inhabited, so a lot of these people are pretty much still genetically the same as their Mongloid cousins on the other side of the Himalaya. They're pretty much 'Asians' who have moved across the Himalaya.

I know the user is banned, but he/ahe used the Dalai Lama and the TIbetans as an example. That doesn't really count, as they are in exile.


When someone mentions 'Asians' I don't really think of the Indian subcontinent though; only the Far East and South East Asia.

A fun bit of trivia: Mongolian genes are bloody everywhere because the Mongols had, errr, 'fun' on their conquests.
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Posted 12/18/13 , edited 9/18/14
Wow, surprising answers. I am surprised people dont associate Indians with native americans, cause they are not , duh! True we have our own class of culture amongst ourselves and heck, the different states have different cultures, a different lifestyle. I guess its cool how the govt keeps it together. Oh and BTW, we do sometimes behave asian in the nerd aspect
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Posted 12/18/13
cuz dey be my indian brothas
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Posted 12/18/13 , edited 12/18/13

Tams80 wrote:
A fun bit of trivia: Mongolian genes are bloody everywhere because the Mongols had, errr, 'fun' on their conquests.


Which accounts for the love of furry hats everywhere! ;)

(Sorry I couldn't resist, the reference was way too strong)
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Posted 12/22/13

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Because of cultural brainwashing. India is the origin of all culture.


If we're going down that route, then the answer is we don't know, but somewhere in Africa is our best guess.

Please tell me you were being sarcastic. That, or have attained this 'knowledge' from the Indian education system. The latter because then at least it's ignorance that couldn't be helped much (History in most of the Indian education system is an absolute joke).
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Culture is like a game of chess
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Posted 12/26/13
uhhhh maybe cause of the race doesnt look like the rest? im trying to be objective not racist xD
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Posted 12/26/13
I don't know but when people think of Asians majority of them think only of the Eastern Asians not Western, Southern, and Northern.

Just my thought on it.
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North Indians(Mostly) - Aryans - Migrated from Middle East & Europe.
South Indians(Mostly) - Dravidians - Native Indians (Lemuria Origin and Africa Origin).

And in case of skin complexion--- Its the climate, the hotter the climate, the more advantageous dark skin is and the colder the climate, the more favourable will be fair/light skin.

Well FlyinDumpling, there are three races in this world which is Caucasian, Negroid and Mongoloid. The thing that separates India or South Asia from East Asia is that they are anthropologically classified as Caucasian (because of Caucasoid skull), I mean in the Northern and Central parts. While the Black Indians are from the South and they are actually Dravidians (They too are classified as Caucasians) but the Australoid Aborgines came to the South and mixed up with the Dravidians. The Northern parts are mostly inhabited by Indo Aryans and Pashthuns/Pathans (Btw, Jews and Arabs are semites and are not the same race of Aryans. But Iran originally is, and is called the Land of Aryans. You can find these people in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Northern, Eastern and Western parts of India and even in the Mediterranean region because the Aryans invaded those lands too.) with some people having European ancestries like Greeks and Portuguese, Mediterranean; especially in the parts of Punjab and Kashmir, and the Northeastern region is also quite influenced by the Mongoloid race of the East. And, the Indian Subcontinent is part of the Indo European and it's languages and falls into the Indo Aryan sub group. That's why the South and North Indians hate each other so much because of their different cultures. The South Indians are the original natives because they came before the Aryans and they think the Northern Indians are foreigners who invaded their lands and thus the Aryans drove the Dravidians to the South that's why there are Black Indians aka South Indians.The South speaks Dravidian languages and follow it's traditions and they tend to be more smarter (including academically) than those of the North and are more westernised; that's the reason why we see more Black Indians because they get to travel more often in foreign countries.

Here is it is, if you want to know more:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_race
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-European_languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dravidian_peoples

Furthermore, India has been invaded countless times over a period of thousands of years by foreign nations like Aryan/Persians (Iranians), Afghanistan, Arabs, Moghuls, Portuguese, Dutch, Greek, French and offcoarse, The British Raj. So I am not surprised if there is a lot of diversity. The Muslims of India and Muslim countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh tend to share more with the Middle Eastern culture. And there are beautiful Islamic architecture in India too, most famously "The Taj Mahal" built by emperor Shah Jahan.

I don't think they look East Asian at all or even have resemblance to East Asian culture which in comparison is quite flamboyant and Buddhism originated from Nepal. Although, Buddha was born in Kapilvastu present day Nepal, he taught in around Northern India. Middle Eastern and Indian people are very conservative and stick to their own people. And when I think of them, the thing that first comes to my mind are those robe like clothing, turbans, gold, silver, lots of jewelry, precious stones, Sultans, Maharajas, wives, consorts, spices, big doey eyes with kohl applied to them, belly dancing, veils that they wear, Indian classical dancing and sitar music and so much more exoticness!

I personally think Middle Eastern and South Asian women are one of the most beautiful and gorgeous looking women here on Earth. Even Aishwarya Rai was once the most beautiful women in this entire planet and; you know she was actually South Indian. But for me, the Russians and South/South Eastern European women comes first as the best looking women in the World. Then comes the Latinas and then Middle Eastern and South Asian women.

By the way, the people of Middle East, Central Asia (like Afghanistan, Kazakhstan) and South Asians are generally considered Brown as in Brown Caucasians even though they have white people. That's because only Europeans are considered White. Same as with some parts of South America; it's because of the Pardos and Black Americans, even though they have white people, .

I am not being racist, just stating some facts.


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why does it matter?
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Posted 9/18/14

uncletim wrote:

why does it matter?


Exactly!
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Posted 9/18/14 , edited 9/18/14
It's not.
Asia is not a culture. It is a gigantic continent and has several major cultural areas like:

Middle East
South Asia
South East Asia
Siberia
The Orient

It's just that many people aren't educated enough to think of Asia as anything more than China, occasionally Japan.
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Posted 9/18/14 , edited 9/18/14

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North Indians(Mostly) - Aryans - Migrated from Middle East & Europe.
South Indians(Mostly) - Dravidians - Native Indians (Lemuria Origin and Africa Origin).

And in case of skin complexion--- Its the climate, the hotter the climate, the more advantageous dark skin is and the colder the climate, the more favourable will be fair/light skin.

Well FlyinDumpling, there are three races in this world which is Caucasian, Negroid and Mongoloid. The thing that separates India or South Asia from East Asia is that they are anthropologically classified as Caucasian (because of Caucasoid skull), I mean in the Northern and Central parts. While the Black Indians are from the South and they are actually Dravidians (They too are classified as Caucasians) but the Australoid Aborgines came to the South and mixed up with the Dravidians. The Northern parts are mostly inhabited by Indo Aryans and Pashthuns/Pathans (Btw, Jews and Arabs are semites and are not the same race of Aryans. But Iran originally is, and is called the Land of Aryans. You can find these people in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Northern, Eastern and Western parts of India and even in the Mediterranean region because the Aryans invaded those lands too.) with some people having European ancestries like Greeks and Portuguese, Mediterranean; especially in the parts of Punjab and Kashmir, and the Northeastern region is also quite influenced by the Mongoloid race of the East. And, the Indian Subcontinent is part of the Indo European and it's languages and falls into the Indo Aryan sub group. That's why the South and North Indians hate each other so much because of their different cultures. The South Indians are the original natives because they came before the Aryans and they think the Northern Indians are foreigners who invaded their lands and thus the Aryans drove the Dravidians to the South that's why there are Black Indians aka South Indians.The South speaks Dravidian languages and follow it's traditions and they tend to be more smarter (including academically) than those of the North and are more westernised; that's the reason why we see more Black Indians because they get to travel more often in foreign countries.



No. Mongoloid, Caucasoid and Negroid are outdated terms. 3 races are not enough to classify everyone on Earth, even broadly. Especially Negroid. This lumped two groups together that are even less related to one another than a Nigerian and a Chinese. There is a group called Australoid, which is the category that the Indigenous Australians, Melanesians, Andamanese, Papuans and arguably Dravidians come from. Whereever Dravidians come from, they are NOT the same as black Africans.

And by that logic, we would be able to say that the Native Americans are not culturally separate from Easterners, since both can be classified as Mongoloid. They are culturally different in practically every aspect.


In any case, there is no race when it comes to biology. All humans are of one species under the same subspecies: Homo sapiens sapiens. Sadly, all other species in the Homo genus are extinct, though there is evidence that we did interbreed with them.
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Posted 9/18/14 , edited 9/18/14

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We all know people from India are Asians, but why are they not recognized as being fully culturally diversified with the rest of Asia? Even though we know Indians are Asians and one of the major religions in Asia (Buddhism) comes from India, it seems like Indians are put in their own little special group. Don't pretend that you don't see this.


And Russians, Afghans and Pakistanis are? Are you really asking yourself this question?
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And Russians, Afghans and Pakistanis are? Are you really asking yourself this question?
are what? Indians? Asian? Please specify you question before asking it
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