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Ancient India


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Indus Valley Civilization Social groups which people are born into and from which they cannot chage.
Dharma The idea of the rebirth of the soul in another bodily form.
Guptas Empire A seasonal wind. In October the winds bring a flow of hot, dry air. While in June the winds bring a steady flow of moisture.
Reincarnation Refers to, all the actions in a person's life will affects his/her fate in the next life.
Vedas Indo-European people who migrated accross Europe and Asia seeking water and pasture for cattle.
Hinduism Founded a new religion, his teachings eventually spread this religion all accross Asia to become one of the worlds's most influentioal religions. Later he changed his name to Buddah.
Siddharta Giziuthzima 500 years after the Mauryas this empire united much of Inida. They ruled from 320 A.D. to 550 A.D., this was called the Golden Age.
Joint Family Through meditation a person may at last acheve enlightenment. For the buddhast the final goal is this.
The Aryans To escape the wheel of fate, Hinduism stresses the importance of this. It is the religious and moral duties of an individual.
Nirvana First Indian civilization, in present day Pakistan.
Karma Was the basic unit within the village. Parents, children, grand-children, uncles, and their offspring shared a common dwelling.
Castes Collection of prayers, hymns, and other religious teachings.
Asoka An effective but harsh ruler. Maintained order through a well-organized bureaucracy.
Monsoons This religion evolved over 3500 years. It absorbed beliefs and forms of worship from the many groups who settled in India.
Chandragupta This Maurya leader became a Buddhist, and paved the way for the spread of Buddhism accross Asia.

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