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Subcontinent

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A big country.
India is the subcontinent of Asia.
Monsoon

a heavy rain and strong wind
the monsoon brings heavy rain to southern Asia.
Plateau

a flat area where it is hot most of the time.
there is a plateau in southern India
Glaciers

a big chunk of ice that slides over a land area
the Himalaya Mountains are glaciers
Hinduism
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a type of religion.
most people in India are Hindus
Dharma
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Dharma stands for law obligation and duty
it is someone`s duty to go to work. That is dharma
Brahman
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an important deity
Brahman creates something, Vishnu preserves it and Shiva destroys it
deity
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deities are God-like beings
they thought that each represented a power or quality of Brahman
karma
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Karma tells if you will be reborn as something great or bad
if you stole, Karma will make a rat or an untouchables
samsara
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the cycle of life and death
if you keep going through life and death, you are going through a cycle called samsara
Vedas
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a collection of sacred Hindu writings
some Hindus probably have some Vedas
Sanskrit
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an ancient Indian language
some Indians should know how to speak Sanskrit
Brahman (ism)
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an Indian religion in which the priests are the dominate class
priests must be very important in Brahmianism
caste

a group in a Hindu Society
the caste system in Egypt is a pyramid
reincarnation
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being reborn
if you are a bad person, you will be reincarnated as a rat or something.
pilgrimage
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a quest to a holy place
Hindus take pilgrimages to the Ganges or Sarasvati River.
Buddhism
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a great Religion that started in India
a great religion that started in India
Buddha
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prince siddhartha
ince Siddhartha becomes the Buddha or "the enlightened one".
Prince Siddhartha
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the Buddha
Prince Siddhartha became an ascetic and the Buddha
ascetic
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some one who gives up wordly pleasusres
I think of ascetics as some kind of Monk
alms
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goods given to the poor
ascetics usually carry a bowl for alms
Enlightenment
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to be happy and at peace
The Buddha found enlightenment so he could be at peace
Nirvana
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an ideal state of peace and happiness
the Buddha found nirvana so he could be happy
Unification
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to bring peace.
King Ashoka used Buddhist values to unify India.
Mauryan Empire
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India ruled by the Maurya family
the Mauryan Empire flourished from about 322 to 187 B.C.E
edicts
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a order that is followed like a law
King Ashoka had 4 edicts: Buddhist values, General Welfare, Justice, and Security
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