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India and South Asia

social studies vocabulary

Citadel a fortress,typically on high ground,protecting or dominating a city
Brahman the supreme god worshipped by hindus
Dharma a persons's personal duty,based on the individual's place in society
Karma actions that affect future lives
Samsara the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound
Atman the human soul
Moksha the release from samsara and being united with the supreme god,Brahman
Buddha awakened one
Ascetic one who abandons worldly things
Brahmins spiritual wise men
Monsoon seasonal winds that bring warm humid weather and heavy rainfall
Subcontinent a large land area that is isolated from the rest of a continent
Caste System a system in which people's position in society is determined by their birth into a particular social class
Vedas ancient sacred writings of India
Sanskrit the first written language of India
Guru a teachetr
Reincarnation the belief that after a person dies,his or her soul is reborn into another body
Nirvana in Buddhism,a state of perfect happiness and peace
Stupa a Buddhist shrine,usually dome-shaped
Pilgrim a person who travels to holy sites
Alluvial Plain an area built by rich fertile soil left by river floods
Atoll an island formed from a coral reef
Boycott to refuse to buy items from a particular country or company
Outsourcing hiring workers in other countries to do a set of jobs
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