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Subcontinent


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A continent, which is a big piece of land, that is within another bigger continent.
India is a subcontinent of Asia.
Monsoon
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A strong storm with heavy rain and wind.
There are monsoons every summer in Asia.
Plateau
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A flat elevated piece of land that is above other land.
Plateau's are good to stand on to see the ground below.
Glaciers
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A large moving piece of ice.
You can see the difference in landscape when glaciers move.
Hinduism
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A major religion in India that was the first religion there.
Hinduism is still one of the most celebrated religions in India.
Dharma
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A basic belief of Hinduism.
People who believe in Hinduism also believe in Dharma.
Brahman
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The divine force in Hinduism.
The Hindus believe that Brahman is the supreme power of the religion.
deity
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A hindu God that represents a form of Brahman
Deities are worshiped by Hindu people.
karma
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In Hinduism, believing what goes around comes around.
Hindu people behave well so they have good karma.
samsara
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The hindu belief in a continuing life cycle of birth and death.
Due to samsara, the Hindus believe that they will never go away.
Vedas
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Sacred Hindu writings.
Vedas are very important writings in Hindu that the Hindu people follow.
Sanskrit
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A old ancient language in India.
People in India speak using sanskrit.
Brahman (ism)
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An ancient religion in India.
Brahmanism is a religion in which the Brahman's are the dominant class.
caste
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A class in Hindu society.
Whatever level of the caste system that you are born into you have to stay in for your whole life.
reincarnation
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The belief that a person's should is born into a new body after death.
If you believe in reincarnation, after death your souls will come back in a different body.
pilgrimage
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A journey to a holy place.
An example of a pilgrimage is the pilgrimage to Mecca where Islamic people go for spiritual strength.
Buddhism
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An Indian religion started by Prince Siddhartha.
The religion of Buddhism focuses on releasing desire looking for spiritual peace.
Buddha
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A man originally named Siddhartha, who started the religion.
The Buddah is the leader of the Buddhism religion.
Prince Siddhartha
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The prince who started Buddhism.
Prince Siddhartha was born in a wealthy family.
ascetic
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A person who gives up worldly pleasures
Prince Siddhartha was an ascetic because he devoted his life to Buddhism.
alms
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Good given to the poor.
When Prince Siddhartha started studying Buddhism he asked for alms because he gave up all his possessions.
Enlightenment
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Finding deep truth and being free from suffering.
Prince Siddhartha was enlightened when he started Buddhism.
Nirvana
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An ideal state of happiness and peace.
Getting a new video game provides nirvana.
Unification
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The process of becoming unified and coming together.
The unification of the religions resulted in two religions becoming one.
Mauryan Empire
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An Indian empire.
The Muaryan Empire flourished from about 322 to 187 BCE.
edicts
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A command that is obeyed like a law.
Prince Siddhartha told his followers they needed to obey the Hindu edicts.
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