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Asia

The world’s largest and most populous continent!

Map of Asia
Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It covers 8.7% of the Earth’s total surface area, or 30% of its land area, and consists of some 48 countries. It is located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres.

With so many countries, Asia is very diverse among and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems. The history of Asia can be seen as the distinct histories of several peripheral coastal regions: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, linked by the interior mass of the Central Asian steppes.

The original distinction between Europe and Asia was made by the ancient Greeks. They used the Aegean Sea, the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus, the Black Sea, the Kerch Strait, and the Sea of Azov as the border between Asia and Europe. The Nile was often used as the border between Asia and Africa (then called Libya), although some Greek geographers suggested the Red Sea would form a better boundary.

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Asia is home to several language families and many language isolates. Most Asian countries have more than one language that is natively spoken.

Asian mythology is complex and diverse. Almost all Asian religions have philosophical character and Asian philosophical traditions cover a large spectrum of philosophical thoughts and writings. The Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha’i Faith originated in West Asia. Judaism, the oldest of the Abrahamic faiths, is practiced primarily in Israel, though small communities exist in other countries. The religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in India, South Asia. In East Asia, particularly in China and Japan, Confucianism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism took shape.

India
India is a country in South Asia. It is a federation composed of 28 states and 7 union territories with a parliamentary system governed under the Constitution of India. It is a constitutional republic and representative democracy, in which “majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law”.
Pakistan
Pakistan is a sovereign state in South Asia. The region forming modern Pakistan was the site of several ancient cultures including the neolithic Mehrgarh and the bronze era Indus Valley Civilisation.
Philippines
The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean.

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