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The Changing Landscape of Hindus in America : A Survey of Interfaith Marriages
This interfaith marriage survey shows that at least a third of new generation of Dharmics (Hindus, Jains and Sikhs) choose Abrahamics (Christians, Jews and Muslims) life mate in America.
By: Dr. Dilip Amin
Common family names of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs (followers of Dharma traditions) were picked from the Macy’s marriage registry for our data analysis. None Hindu sounding first names (like Fatima Patel or Anthony Reddy) were removed. Though individuals religious preferences were not verified, the consistency of results across these common family names gives validity to our conclusions. The results clearly show that at least a third of these young Dharmics have selected an Abrahamic partner as their life mate. The outcome was same for male and female subgroups.
LAST NAME Patel Reddy Jain Singh Total
TOTAL MARRIAGES 494 47 45 324 910
TO ABRAHAMICS 170 22 15 143 350
% 34 47 33 44 38
Historically in India , interfaith marriages among Hindus, Jains and Sikhs are quite common, but not with Muslims or Christians because there are fundamental differences between the beliefs and practices of the two major groups of religions — the Dharmic and the Abrahamic. Now in America , these groups are assimilating for marriage at large.
In reality, a marriage is not only a marriage of two individuals;
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The study’s author, Dr. Amin, is a medial research scientist and past President of the Plymouth Balvihar (Hindu cultural school) in Pennsylvania.
Page Updated Last on: Nov 02, 2009