People of Hindu Heritage

  • Larry D. Purnell
  • Eric A. Fenkl


More than 1.2 billion people inhabit India. Over 80% of the population are Hindus, followers of Hinduism. Other significant religious groups include Moslems (13.4%), Christians (2.3%), Sikhs (1.9%), and other (1.8%). Although different religious sectors share many common cultural beliefs and practices, they differ according to the variant characteristics of culture as presented in Chap.  1. India is divided into north and south, based primarily on Dravidian and Aryan cultural variations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry D. Purnell
    • 1
  • Eric A. Fenkl
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Health SciencesUniversity of Delaware/NewarkSudlersvilleUSA
  2. 2.College of Nursing and Health SciencesFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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