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The Indian culture is strongly influenced by Hinduism and the principles of the Vedas, the collections of hymns to gods. They are central to the development of how plants permeate many aspect of the daily Indian culture.
In Ayurveda, forests represent endless self-regeneration of life, and plants are used as offerings to gods and deities. Henna is used as body art, while Kolam is a floor design made with ground rice powders and layers of flowers.
For centuries, plants have been a popular feature in the Chinese arts and culture for ornamental, religious and ceremonial purposes. In China, gardens were designed to reproduce natural scenes as closely as possible.
Take a stroll through the Chinese Garden and discover a balanced landscape where art imitates nature, with the use of rocks to resemble mountains, water features to resemble rivers and waterfalls, or pruning and training trees to appear windswept.
The Malay community in Singapore cultivated many fruits like rambutan, jambu, coconut and durian, and grew alternative vegetables like bread fruit and pandan. They also used plants for medicinal purposes. The forest also played an important part in the community’s daily lives, providing raw materials for building houses and boats.