Hindu Wedding Ceremony Analysis

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The details of the wedding ceremony suggest a lot of information about the communication style that is taking place throughout the ceremony. One type of information that is demonstrated throughout the ceremony is the idea of the Hindu religion being part of a high context culture. High context cultures are cultures that do not explicitly transmit message but instead meaning is implied by the environment (Lustig & Koester, 2013). The Hindu wedding ceremony is full of these indirect messages that are common with the high context culture. First there are a lot of symbols used in the wedding ceremony. Many of the actions that are preformed are done to represent or symbolize a theme that is being hoped to be portrayed, such as the pouring water…show more content…
The family plays a huge role in the wedding ceremony and as such, the bride and groom are described as part of their families coming together and accepting one another. Cultures that are high in institutional collectivism try and make decisions that is best for the group rather than the individual person (Lustig & Koester, 2013). Since the marriages are often arranged by the families, they make decisions that are in the best interest of the family. This is different from when an individual choices for themselves a spouse because they do so based on their own interest, not often taking into account the interest of their…show more content…
Due to the highly traditional nature of the Hindu wedding ceremony, there are certain things that must be done and in a particular order. Therefore it is important to have rules of interactions. Weddings are an event that have many unwritten rules of how to act (Lustig & Koester, 2013). While many of the rites and passages of a Hindu wedding are written down in the Rig Veda, other ideas are not as set in stone. For instance, when sending out invitations, the first invitation should be sent to the Hindu temple. This idea is based on custom and therefore is a rule of interaction that must be learned by the couple getting married so that they can follow the expected way of interacting for their
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