In Britain, areas such as Harrow, Leicester, and Brent have significant Hindu communities making up 14–19% of the overall population (Office for National Statistics, 2003).
Although generally religious, allegiance to religious customs will vary according to the extent of “acculturation” (whereby migrants take on some of the characteristics of the host community), and also on whether the family roots were in urban or rural India.
Manu says: “A man is perfect when he consists of three: himself, his wife, and his son”.
in some parts of India involves the wearing of red or green glass bangles from the seventh month of gestation.
However we have not encountered any consanguineous marriages among Hindus in the UK, a practice common among Muslims the world over.
It is therefore unsurprising that not only have original Hindu customs been diluted over the years but that the practises of other religious customs found within South Asia have intertwined with remnants of Hindu teachings.the majority (467 000) of whom originate from the Indian subcontinent, with a sizable community coming from East Africa.This East African Hindu group is somewhat atypical in that it has undergone migration twice in a relatively short timeframe—first from India to East Africa and then on to Britain.The origins and performance of Hindu rites are not only somewhat complex but often also differ between castes.Here, we attempt to present some common features of these rites in order to help non-Hindu healthcare professionals to develop a working appreciation of these practices and their significance.
Hinduism—one of the oldest world religions dating back to around 1500BC—originates from around the Indus Valley in what is now Pakistan.