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Subcontinent


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A big land mass, but it is still smaller than a continent.
India is a subcontinent.
Monsoon
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Strong winds that bring heavy rains.
Monsoons destroy homes in India.
Plateau
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An elevated piece of land that has a flat top.
The Deccan Plateau is in India.
Glaciers
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very large piece of ice.
There are glaciers in the Himalaya Mountains.
Hinduism
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A religion that developed in India.
Many Indians practice Hinduism.
Dharma
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a duty to live an honorable life.
This would be the dharma of a person in the caste of Kshatriya.
Brahman
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a supreme power.
Hindus follow the teachings of Brahman.
deity
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a form of Brahman.
There are three deities.
karma
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How good and evil actions affect a person in the next life.
It is important to have good karma.
samsara
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the continuous cycle of birth and then re-birth.
People can escape samsara by following their dharma.
Vedas
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the writings of Hinduism.
Hindus follow the rules of the Vedas.
Sanskrit
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an ancient Indian language.
The Vedas was written in sanskrit




caste
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a Hindu social class.
There are thousands of castes now.
reincarnation
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a Hindu belief of how you are reborn after death.
Reincarnation can put you into a good caste or a bad caste.
pilgrimage
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a trip to a holy place
Hindus go on many pilgrimages.
Buddhism
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the religion started by the Buddha.
Buddhism is a religion.
Buddha
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the "enlightened" one.
Siddhartha was the Buddha.
Prince Siddhartha
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the person who turned into the Buddha
He turned into the Buddha by becoming enlightened.
ascetic
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a person who gives up worldly pleasures.
Siddhartha was once an ascetic.
alms
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goods given to the poor.
Siddhartha had a bowl for his alms.
Enlightenment
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the goal of Buddhists.
The Buddha was the first to become enlightened.
Nirvana
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the state of happiness.
The Buddha reached Nirvana.
Unification
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for separate parts to become one.
India once achieved unification.
Mauryan Empire
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the empire where the Mauryan family ruled.
The Mauryan Empire lasted for 145 years.
edicts
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a command that's obeyed like a law.
Ashoka had four edicts.
monks
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simple holy men.
Chandragupta was a monk.
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