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Social Studies Vocab

Ch.6 Sections 1&2

subcontinent large landmass that is part of a continent but distinct from it
monsoon In South Asia, a strong wind that blows one direction in winter and the oppisite direction in the summer
Sanskrit written language developed by the Aryans
raja prince who led an Aryan tribe in India
caste social group that a person is born into and cannot change
guru religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism
Hinduism system of religious that grew out of the religon of the Aryans in Ancient India
Brahman in Hinduism, the universal spirit of which all deities are different parts
reincarnation rebirth of the soul or spirit in different bodies over time
dharma in Hinduism, the divine law that requires people to perform the deities of their caste
karma in Hinduism, the good or bad energy a person builds up based upon whether he or she lives a good or bad life
Buddhism religion founded by Siddhrtha Gautama, the Buddha; taught that the way to find truth was to give up all desires
nirvana in Buddhism, a state of wisdom and freedom from the cycle of rebirth
theocracy government headed by religious leaders
Created by: amt55