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Ancient India

Monsoon a seasonal wind pattern that causes wet and dry seasons
Subcontinent a large landmass that is smaller than a continent, such as India
Sanskrit the most important language in Ancient India
Caste system The division of Indian society into groups based on rank, wealth, or occupation
Hinduism the main religion in India; it teaches that everything is part of a universal spirit called Brahman
reincarnation a Hindu and Buddhist belief that a person is born and reborn many times.
karma In Hinduism and Buddhism, the effects that good or bad actions have on a person's soul
fasting going without food and water for a period of time
meditation deep continued thought that focuses the mind on spiritual ideas
Buddhism a religion based on the teachings of Buddha that developed in India in the 500s BC
the Buddha the "Enlightened One," Siddhartha Gautama found enlightenment under a tree, and spent the rest of his life teaching people his ideas
nirvana a state of perfect peace in Buddhism
metallurgy the use of metal, or metal working
inoculation to inoculate; a shot or vaccination
missionaries a person who goes out to spread religion to others
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