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Ethnic Groups and
Religious Groups of
Southern and
Eastern Asia
© 2011 Clairmont Press
Comparisons and Contrasts
Ethnic Groups
Religious Groups
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Identify with each other
through a common heritage
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Identify with each other
through a common religion

A common language


A common culture
A denomination is a sub-group
of a religion

May be spread throughout the
world
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Generally regard one region as
a holy land or sacred place
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A common ancestry

A shared interest in a
geographic region
Ethnic Groups of
Southern and Eastern Asia
 In India, there are 1,652 different tongues spoken
 Indian society is divided into castes or clans rather than
ethnic groups
 China officially recognizes 56 different ethnic groups
 The largest is the Han Chinese
 The “one child only” policy applies to the Han Chinese
Religious Groups of
Southern and Eastern Asia
 Theravada Buddhism
 Mahayana Buddhism
 Vajrayana Buddhism
 Hinduism
 Sunni Islam
 Shi’ite Islam