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Subcontinent
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A large land smaller than the continent that its in.
India and China are subcontinents of Asia.

Monsoon
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wind that brings heavy rain in the summer.
Monsoons are most common in Southern Asia.

Plateau
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An area of land that is higher than the land around it.
I stood on a Plateau.

Glaciers
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A river of ice formed by compaction of snow on mountains.
I visited a Glacier on vacation.

Hinduism
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A religion that developed in India. It traces its roots to older traditions like Buddhism.
Hinduism is a big religion practiced by many Indians.

Dharma
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A belief that a person has a duty to live a honorable life.
This belief is found in Hinduism.

Brahman
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A member of the highest caste.
Brahman is in Hindu caste system.

deity
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god or goddess
Deity's are used with a lower-case "G"

karma
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Good and evil done in past life determines what happens in past life.
Karma is a belief found in Hinduism.

samsara
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The cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
You can escape from Samsara.

Vedas
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A collection of ancient writings.
Vedas is viewed as sacred by many Hindus.

Sanskrit
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An ancient language.
Sanskirt is an ancient language in India.

Brahman
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A member of the highest caste.
Brahman is in Hindu caste system.

caste
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A class in Hindu society.
The untouchables are the lowest in the Caste system.

reincarnation
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The belief that a persons soul is reborn into a new body after death.
Reincarnation has to do with samsara.

pilgrimage
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A journey.
A Pilgrimage is usually taken by pilgrims.

Buddhism
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The religion founded by Siddartha.
Buddhism teaches that life brings suffering.

Buddha
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A word meaning enlightened.
Buddah is a sanskrit word.

Prince Siddhartha
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The Buddah.
Prince Siddartha as named the Buddah when he found enlightenment.

ascetic
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A person who gives up pleasure.
An ascetic was the Buddahs first choice.

alms
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Goods given to the poor.
The buddha carried alms when he tried to become an ascetic.

Enlightenment
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The gaining of finding universal truth.
Enlightenment the goal of buddhists.

Nirvana
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An ideal state of happiness and peace.
Nirvana is the goal of Buddhism.

Unification
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The process of being united.
Unification is also being made into whole.

Mauryan Empire
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an empire lasting from about 322 to 187 B.C.E
The Mauryan Empire the was around the time the Mauryan family unified India for the first time.

edicts
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A command.
Edicts are obeyed like a law.

monks
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A member of a religious community of men.
Monks are usually living under vows of poverty.