BC: . | I would like to take this time to thank you for this opportunity to embark on a unforgettable journey. This privilege to participate in the international field placement in India is a once and a life time opportunity that not many students can to partake in. My enthusiasm and motivation to succeed in this program will allow me to learn from this experience and gain worldly skills in the social work field. I am so excited to participate in this placement and learn from the people, culture, and work of those in other countries. Thank you again for giving me this opportunity. Bryce Hudak University of Maryland School of Social Work Summer 2010
FC: India By: Bryce Hudak
1: India is a country is South Asia. It is the 7th largest country by geographical area and is the 2nd most populous country. India is also the most populous Democracy country. India is a republic consisting of 28 states and seven union territories with a parliamentary system of democracy
2: Religion | Hinduism
3: Themes of Hinduism - Dharma refers to ones spiritual and religious duties as a Hindu -Samsara refers to the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth -Karma originated in ancient India and refers to the belief that humans have the free will to choose between good and bad, but must suffer the consequences of their actions (cause & effect) -Moksha refers to the liberation of the Samsara -Yoga is the traditional physical and mental conditioning and practice originating in India.
4: Islam | Islam literally means submission to God. Beliefs are "Allah, Oneness of God Muhammad and Other Prophets" Practices include: Profession of faith, prayer fasting, charity, and pilgrimage. Texts and Laws Include: Qur'an, Sunnah, Sadith Figh, Sharia, Kalam, Sufism
7: Based off of the teachings of Siddhartha Guatama. Buddhism consists of four noble truths: 1.) The truth of suffering 2.) The truth of the cause of suffering 3.) The truth of the end of suffering 4.) The truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. The Four Noble Truths are a contingency plan for dealing with the suffering humanity faces -- suffering of a physical kind, or of a mental nature.
8: Culture | Dress Men | Lungi | Dhoti
9: Women | Sari
10: Festivals | Diwali "Festival of Lights" | Holi "Festival of Colors"
11: Ganesh Chaturthi "Birthday of Lord Ganesha" | Onam Celebrates the return of King Mahabali & the Rice Harvest Festival & Festival of Rain Flowers
12: Sports | Association Football or Soccer
13: Field Hockey is the Official Sport of India | Cricket is the most popular
14: Dancing | Bhangra
15: Bihu | Chhau | Ghoomar
16: Kochi, India | ~Formerly known as Cochin is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. ~Kochi is on the principal seaports of the country and has seen much economic growth after 2000 leading to further development of the city. ~Kochiites speak primarily Malayalam ~Kochi has a diverse, multicultural and secular community consisting of Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists all living in peaceful coexistence. ~Considered to be India's "Melting Pot"
18: Monsoon Season!!! | Kochi features a tropical monsoon climate. It's close proximity to the equator offers little in seasonal temperature climate. June through September brings the South-West Monsoon season with extremely heavy rains.
20: Rajagiri College