Volume 8, Issue 2
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This study investigates the cultural conceptualization of among Tamil Hindu communities in Australia and Malaysia. The Hindu cultural schema of relates to the physical, social and spiritual aspects, and language acts as the central aspect of the cultural cognition of the community. Data is based on a variety of sources, particularly focus group discussions, translated verses from Hindu Holy Scriptures (Vedanta), and personal interviews. Findings show various cultural schemas entrenched within the schema, particularly Vedic Astrology, Sacred Invocation and Blessings, which are shared knowledge among community members. The cultural schema of (or ) that is instantiated in the Vedanta considers a religious obligation (Dharma). It is during social interactions that the cultural metaphors associated with marriage are discussed. and are metaphorical expressions that illustrate the traditional worldview of the Tamil Hindu community.


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