Back to India!
Trip Start Apr 30, 2006
59Trip End Mar 25, 2007
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What does all of this equate to? 1.1 billion people; 10 major religions (worshipping 330,000,000 deities (yes, 330 MILLION); 1,600 languages; 4 varnas (castes) with thousands of jatis (sub-castes) - which you are born into
Before going back to southern India we often heard "The south is sooo much different than the north." Well, this IS true.. but is true in a sarcastic "no shit" sort of way. It is like saying a turnip and a fish are different. They are different, but so is an apple and a fish. What we are saying is that, "yes," south India is different from the north; but not to a higher degree than how Kashmir is different than Delhi; which is different from Punjab; which is different from Himashal Pradesh (which are all located in the north). If you travel for 3 hours by train, from any point in India you are bound to see different deities being worshiped; different pilgrimages; hear different languages and experience, in general, a different culture. And that's what makes India so great!
This log centers around Tamil Nadu; where everyone speaks Tamil, where there is an elephant giving blessings at every temple and men wear skirts (sarongs). We visited many temples, many beaches and battled for train seats with pilgrims (and lost). Enjoy!