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2007.1219

Religion Cultivates India

<p><font face="Arial">By Chen Wei-yang<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Religion stands a great portion of Indian people&rsquo;s life, international students from India said during the international culture festival activity which was held at the International Lounge this noon.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;In our country, there are a lot of deities in the temples because India is a pantheistic country.&nbsp; Worshipping &lsquo;God of Wisdom&rsquo; is always the priority to begin with because he is the leader of his fellow deities,&rdquo; said Shivaji More, a Chemistry major senior from India.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Prior to the beginning of the activity, More and his fellow Indian students lighted up candles and incense at the scene to worship &ldquo;God of Wisdom&rdquo; in return of His watch that the activity would go without a hitch.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">More explained that the &ldquo;God of Wisdom&rdquo; appears with a human body but an elephant face.&nbsp; This icon stands for bliss, wisdom and happiness and is worshipped at almost every Hindi temple in India.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">In addition to the society of many different deities, during the international culture festival, somehow, food is always another highlight and the lure for many participants.&nbsp; These international students from India would twist most people&rsquo;s impression of Indian food, while many of them would not knot that there are still a lot of different delicious platters for Indian people in addition to their renowned curry.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Indian students said that traditional Indian food would be varied geographically.&nbsp; Northern Indian people would take roasted cake and noodles as their main courses while southern Indian people would eat rice, which would be quite close to what Chinese people as well as many other southeastern Asian people eat.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p>