To see the populations of India and China as \u2018tribes\u2019, one would certainly require\u00a0 the consumption of certain mind-expanding agents \u2013 but for the sake of hypothetical discussion let us assume that these are indeed tribes\u2026\nFinding commonality between these two \u2018tribes\u2019 separated by oceans of gene pools seems unlikely. But neither these oceans, nor the great Himalayan mountains have been able to stop the transmission of memes between these tribes.\n(Memes are the various manifestations of living life \u2013 or behavior codes pertaining to various aspects of life. Approximately)\nTwo days ago, the Chinese observed the start of the Hungry Ghost Month. In this month, all the ancestors are offered remembered through simple ceremonies. It is believed that the spirits or ghosts of teir dead will visit during this month. Food of their liking is laid outdoors for their spirits to come and collect and paper money (fake) is burnt. In this month, no weddings take place and no large deals are struck as it is considered inauspicious.\nThe remarkable thing is that the other tribe \u2013 the Indians have a month almost identical to this one \u2013 called \u2018Shraadh\u2019. If the relative passes away on the 5th day of any lunar month, then the shraadh ceremony for him is held on the 5th day of the shraadh month. Again, his favorite food is prepared and kept outdoors, in the hope that he will visit the family as a bird and enjoy a meal with the family.\u00a0 Again in this month, no weddings take place and no large deals are struck as it is considered inauspicious\u2026.The only difference is that the timing of this month differs from that in the Chinese lunar calendar.\n*\nAnother example:\nThe lantern festival in China : Amazing crafted large and small lanterns adorn every home and city during this festival that lasts a week.\nThe Diwali festival in India: Small and big lanterns adorn every home and city during this festival that lasts a week.\nAgain there is a time lag but the dates of both are determined by the lunar calendar. Maybe memes lose track of time at high altitude and the dates wents awry as the memes travelled across the Himalayas.\n*\nOne more example:\nThe Kite Flying festival in China celebrated in Spring is a popular folk festival.\nThe Kite Flying festival \u2013 Utaraayan- celebrated in Western India\u00a0 in spring is a popular folk festival.\n*\nA last example:\nIndian brides must wear red at their weddings.\nChinese brides must wear red at their weddings.\n*\nTyping these notes feels like repetition\u2026maybe I should have used \u2018copy-paste\u2019 just like the tribes did with their memes?\nThe post Common Memes between Tribes appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.