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Subcontinent

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A large, distinguishable part of a continent, such as North America or southern Africa.
Another smaller part of a continent.
Have you ever lived on a subcontinent?
Monsoon
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A seasonal prevailing wind in the region of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
A big rain.
Have you ever been in a monsoon?
Plateau
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An area of fairly level high ground.
A flat piece of land.
Have you ever seen a plateau?
Glaciers
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A slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow on mountains or near the poles.
Melting ice mountains.
I like Glaciers.
Hinduism
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A major religious and cultural tradition of the Indian subcontinent.
The major Indian religion.
Do you like studying Hinduism?
Dharma
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The principle of cosmic order.
Your duty.
Do you follow your Dharma?
Brahman
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A member of the highest Hindu caste, that of the priesthood.
A high caste person in the Hindu religion.
Are you a Brahman?
deity
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A god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion): "a deity of ancient Greece".
One god out of many.
Have you ever seen a deity?
karma
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Destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.
What goes around comes around.
I have good karma.
samsara
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The cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound.
The cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
Do you like samsara?
Vedas
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A large body of text from Ancient India.
The book of India.
Have you read Vedas?
Sanskrit
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An ancient Indic language of India, in which the Hindu scriptures and classical Indian epic poems are written.
The language of India.
Can you read Sanskrit?
Brahman (ism)
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The complex sacrificial religion that emerged in post-Vedic India (c.900 bc) under the influence of the dominant priesthood.
Becoming a preist.
Have you gone through Brahmanism?
caste
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Each of the hereditary classes of Hindu society, distinguished by relative degrees of ritual purity or pollution and of social status....: "a man of high caste"
Your role in society.
What caste are you?
reincarnation
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The rebirth of a soul in a new body.
Being brought back in another life as a new being,
How many reincarnations have you gone through?
pilgrimage
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A pilgrim's journey.
The journey that pilgrims' take.
Have you gone on your pilgrimage?
Buddhism
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A widespread Asian religion or philosophy, founded by Siddartha Gautama in NE India in the 5th century B.C.E.
A major world religion.
Do you like the religion of Buddhism?
Buddha
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A person who has attained full enlightenment.
Someone who is completely enlightened.
Do you want to be a Buddha?
Prince Siddhartha
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The buddah.
The buddah.
Prince Siddhartha is my idol...
ascetic
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Characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons
People who give up "things" to reach enlightment.
I want to be an ascetic!
alms
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Money or food given to poor people.
Food that poor people collect.
I am going to collect alms.
Enlightenment
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The action of enlightening or the state of being enlightened.
Being freed from the cycle of rebirth.
I reached enlightenment!
Nirvana
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Liberation of the soul from the effects of karma and from bodily existence.
Being removed from Karma.
I reached Nirvana!
Unification
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The process of being united or made into a whole.
Being united.
Let's make a unification.
Mauryan Empire
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The Maurya Empire was a geographically extensive and powerful empire in ancient India, ruled by the Mauryan dynasty from 321 to 185 BC.
A dominant empire.
I wish I lived in the Mauryan Empire...





edicts
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An official order or proclamation.
An order that is sent out by an official, that must be followed.
I wish I could have made an edict.
monk
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A member of a religious community of men typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Someone who devotes their life to religion.
I want to be a MONK!