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Indus Valley Vocab

Social Studies

Aryans. Indo-European invaders to India.
Caste. Social class of hereditary status, no social mobility between classes.
Brahmins. Hindu priests, highest social class in the caste system.
Kshatriya. Hindu warriors and rulers, second highest social class.
Vaishya. Hindu merchants, artisans, farmers, third highest social class.
Shudras. Hindu peasants, lowest class.
Jati. Subgroups of families within a caste.
Upanishads. Writings which reflect Aryan (white) and Dravidian (colored) beliefs, commentaries on the Vedas.
Reincarnation. Rebirth of the soul in another life form after death.
Hinduism. Polytheistic religion, began as a combination of Aryan and Dravidian beliefs.
Buddhism. Atheist religion/philosophy, began by Siddhartha Gautama.
Siddhartha Gautama. Nepalese prince, founder of Buddhism, first Buddha.
Asoka. Third ruler of Mauryan dynasty, converted to Buddhism and spread it.
Chandra Gupta. Founder of the Gupta Dynasty.
Created by: emarciante9