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The American greeting hello how are you seems pretty universal right Wrong Throughout the southern Indian state of Tamilnadu as well as northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka there is a group of people known as Tamils These people are not familiar with such greeting as the one just mentioned The Tamil people have a different more profound way of greeting Instead of hello the Tamils say Vanakkam This word recognizes the person you are speaking to and respects his or her presence Tamils are a family of people settled in the southern India They speak Tamil as their native mother tongue language The Tamils have a wide range of traditions and beliefs that engulf many religions such as Hinduism Islam and Buddhis Today the vast majority of Tamils follow the Hindu religion McGILVARY 9 Hindus make up more than eighty percent of the Tamil population while other religions like Islam are combined to make up less than twenty percent According to Tamil Hindu beliefs the universe undergoes endless cycles There is no history just the present It has no founders because it is not a religion but a way of life Thus Hinduism is a mythic religion With that the Tamil Hindus believe in reincarnation or evolving through many births Reincarnation cannot be attained until all of their karmas which is the belief that a person experiences the affects of his or her actions and that every act or thought has consequences have been resolved and there is liberation from the cycle of re-birth known as moksha So by their daily actions they create their destiny In this strive to reach moksha worship of g-ds is essential The devotion to g-d and the g-ds of Hinduism is known as Bhakti Under the context of Tamil Hinduism there are three main g-ds that they worship Brahma who is the Supreme Being Vishnu who is the preserver and Siva who is the destroyer These
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