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Old 02-03-2014, 10:27 PM
 
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Some South-East Asian places were influenced by India when India was Buddhist or when Hindu-Buddhist high culture or architecture was spreading.

Do South East Asians feel special historical connections to India the way Europeans think of Athens or Jerusalem for bringing religion/philosophy to them?
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:38 PM
 
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Indonesian shared many sanskrit based names and some handwriting, but we didn't feel that close to India rather aways accepted it as Indonesian thing. Philosophy wise etc might still have been based from India. There is only one ancient temple in Indonesia that have Indian influenced architecture, but the others is more of Southeast Asian thing. Ohh and Garuda is the national symbol and plane flag carrier of Indonesia, that's how influential India is to Indonesia. But apart from India i think China also plays a big role to Southeast Asia.

However Indonesian Hinduism is an older form of Hinduism rather than the modern Indian Hinduism, in Bali for example there are so many rituals that India didn't practice anymore, because in India the religion quickly changed with new gods coming, but it didn't happen here. In Indonesia Hinduism has been influenced with local believe, pagans religion and culture anyway, i think it goes the same with Thailand Buddhism or even Cambodia.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:31 PM
 
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I think now people tend to group the 'Buddhist World', the far East, together more than associating Buddhism with India. In fact a lot of people associate Buddhism more with Japan than India, because it's still largely practised there. I think SEA are aware of the Indian influence, but don't seem to particularly look to India the same way Europeans look to ancient Rome or Greece, but I can't be sure. I would say most of the Indian influence is rather old.

Balinese Hinduism is also different because it mixed native animism with Hinduism in India. Even within India, you'll have local deities, beliefs, traditions, along with the many sects within the broad umbrella term of 'Hinduism.'
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:34 PM
 
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I think now people tend to group the 'Buddhist World', the far East, together more than associating Buddhism with India. In fact a lot of people associate Buddhism more with Japan than India, because it's still largely practised there.
Well, it kind of makes sense. People these days don't associate Israel with Christianity so much too, even though Christianity originated there.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:40 PM
 
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Well, it kind of makes sense. People these days don't associate Israel with Christianity so much too, even though Christianity originated there.
Yes, at one time Buddhism 'threatened' to dominate the sub-continent, but it was gradually stamped out. A lot of the brahmins wanted to maintain their power and the caste system. Sri Lanka is interesting because it's mostly south Asian culture but mostly Buddhist.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:05 PM
 
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Do South-East Asians feel any special connection to India because of shared historical influence?
These days probably not, but it is acknowledged (and undeniable) that pre-colonial southeast Asia has had significant Indian/Hindu-Buddhist influence.

On an interesting note, there are some people with Indian blood in Cainta, Rizal (Philippines). This was due to the Sepoy (Indian soldier) mutiny against the British who decided to stay in the Philippines and marry with the local women.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:54 AM
 
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The Indianized States of South-East Asia - George Cds - Google Books
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:57 PM
 
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Buddhism didn't necessarily disappear in India, but to some extent was just absorbed into "Hinduism." The thing that most people don't understand is that Hindus don't see an exact distinction between Hinduism and Buddhism. There are is as much differentiation within "Hinduism" itself as it has with Buddhism. Hinduism isn't exactly a religion(at least in the dogmatic, Western sense), but an amalgamation of over 5,000 years of Indian civilization/culture.

A family that lived next door to one of my cousins in India were Nepali Buddhists, but they were never perceived as being "outsiders" in the same sense a Christian or Muslim would be.
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