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vocabulary for south Asia unit: 8

Himalayan mountains the tallest mountain range in the world
subcontinent a large landmass that is smaller than a continent
alluvial plains lands that are rich farmlands
archipelago a large island group
atoll shallow lagoons that are surrounded by mountains
monsoon seasonal winds each year
cyclone a violent storm with feirce winds and heavy rains
Hinduism the religion of most Indians which has a karma system
Ganges River a sacred hindu river home to the goddess Ganga
storm surge extremely high waters brought about by cyclones
estuary a place where salt and freshwater meet as an arm of the sea
Mughal Empire central asian invaders that occupied the Ganges area
raj a period of direct british control
nonviolent resistance a protest taht does not use violence
land reform a land policy for more balanced distribution of land
Green revolution a progam that increases crop yields
caste system the aryan system of social classes
Indus valley civilization well planned cities such as Harrapa
partition the division of british India
Kashmir a territory in india
microcredit makes small loans available to poor entreprenuers
entrepeneur people who start and run a business
Ramadan a month long period of fasting
constitutional monarchy kingdoms in which the rulers powers are limited by a constition
sherpa Nepal groups of tibeten ancestry
siddhartha Gautama kn own also as Buddha
mandela geomectric designs meant as symbols for the univers
sinhalese people from the northern plain who walked to sri lanka in 6th century india
Tamils Dravidian Hindus from southern India
sultan muslim rulers or kings
summer monsoon a monsoon the mostly happens during the summer
Winter monsoon a monsoon that primarily happens in the winter
basic necessities food clothing shelter water
illiteracy inability to comprehed written language
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