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Subcontinent
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A large landmass that is smaller than a continent.
India is a subcontinent.

Monsoon
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A strong wind that brings heavy rain.
The Eastern and Western Ghats had a monsoon in only summers.

Plateau
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A flat area of land that is elevated
The Deccan Plateau was the only plateau in India.

Glaciers
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Tall mountains of ice
The Himalayas had lots of glaciers.

Hinduism
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A religion that developed in India
over many centuries
India created Hinduism.

Dharma
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A belief found in Hinduism and
other Indian traditions that a
person has a duty to live an
honorable life.
Dharma was part of Hinduism.

Brahman
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Ancient ritual traditions in which
Brahmans played a key role.
Brahmans were also a big part of India.

deity
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A God or goddess.
Siddhartha was the Buddhism deity.

karma
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A belief found in Hinduism and
other Indian traditions that the
good and evil done in a past life
determines the nature of that person's next life.
People that believed in Hinduism believed in karma.

samsara
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The process of coming into existence
as a different mortal creature.
The monks were some sort of samsara.

Vedas
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A collection of ancient writings
viewed as scared by many Hindus
The Vedas was like the holy book of Hinduism.

Sanskrit
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An ancient Indian Language
Sanskrit was the way of talking in India.

Brahman
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Ancient ritual traditions in which
Brahmans played a key role.
Brahmans were also a big part of India.

caste
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A class or group in Hindu society
Kids took caste in India.

reincarnation
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The belief that a person's soul is
reborn into a new body after death
Hindu people believed in reincarnation.

pilgrimage
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A journey to a holy place
Hinduism people took pilgrimages all the time.

Buddhism
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The religion founded by Siddhartha which teaches that life
brings suffering that one can escape by seeking nirvana through enlightenment.
A person from Buddhism can escape with enlightenment.

Buddha
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A Sanskrit word meaning enlightened the name given to the man who founded Buddhism.
The man who founded Buddhism was called Buddha.

Prince Siddhartha
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He is the founder of Buddhism.
Prince Siddhartha was the founder of Buddhism.

ascetic
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A person who gives up worldly pleasure.
The founder of Buddhism was ascetic.

alms
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Goods or money given to the poor.
Buddhism people were alms

Enlightenment
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The state of gaining spiritual insight and finding universal truth.
Enlightenment was the goal for Buddhism.

Nirvana
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An ideal state of happiness and peace
India had a nirvana.

Unification
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the process of unifying or uniting.
People are unification in the process.

Mauryan Empire
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An empire lasting from about 322 to 187 B.C.E.
Mauryan Empire was located in India.

edicts
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A command that is like a law.
India had lots of edicts.

monks
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A man who has withdrawn from the world for religious reasons.
Lots of people that believed in religion were monks.