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Ancient India

Subcontinent- a large landmass, but smaller than a continent. Ex India
Monsoon- a seasonal wind pattern that causes wet and dry seasons
Sanskrit- the most important language of ancient India
Vedas ancient books of sacred songs based on religious beliefs (of the Aryan people)
Caste system the division of Indian society into groups based on rank, wealth, or occupation
reincarnation a Hindu and Buddhist belief that souls are born and reborn many times, each time into a new body
karma in Buddhism and Hinduism, the effects that good or bad actions have on a person’s soul
dharma the laws and duties of a caste member
nirvana in Buddhism, a state of perfect peace
Buddhism a religion based on the teachings of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) that developed in India in the 500s BC
Hinduism the main religion of India; it teaches that everything is part of a universal spirit called Brahman
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