For this paper, a comparison between my culture; the Indian culture; specifically the Hindu culture and the culture of the largest ethnic group in Malaysia; the Malay culture, will be made.
As we all know the Indian community in Malaysia is the smallest of the three main ethnic groups, accounting only 10% of the country’s population. Indians first came to Malaya when the barter trade started; beginning from traders coming from and to the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang. The Indians who came to Malaysia brought with them the Hindu culture such as the unique temples, delicious cuisines and colorful costumes. Hindu tradition remains strong until today within the Malaysian Indian community. Tamils, Malayalees and Telegu-speaking people make up over 85% of the people of Indian origin in the country. Among the reasons I chose to write on Indian culture is it being my roots and also to go deeper to learn more about my own culture.
Indian culture actually has a big influence to the Malay culture, which is why I chose to make a comparison for these two cultures. Early Malay literature is almost completely derived from Hindu epics; Ramayana and t...
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