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Subcontinent

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a large country surounded by three bodies of water
India is considered a subcontinent.
Monsoon
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a heavy wind that brings heavy rain to asia
Asia gets a monsoonand brings alot of good dirt.
Plateau
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a very high hill with a flat top
People camp on plateaus.
Glaciers
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a very big chunk of ice that floats in waters
Boats can sink from glaciers.
Hinduism
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a religion that formed from many other religions
Many gods are the rulers of Hinduism.
Dharma
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a major belief in hindusim and buddhism for duties
Hindus practice Dharma.
Brahman
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the one supreme power or force in hindism
Hindus pray to Brahman.
deity
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the faces and qualities of Brahman
There are deities or the faces of Brahman.
karma
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the power of being good and bad for your next life
Karma is the power of being good and bad for your next life.
samsara
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the cycle of birth death and rebirth
Samsara is the cycle of birth death and rebirth.
Vedas
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the hindu sacred writing
The Vedas are sacred writings.
Sanskrit
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an ancient language of india
The old writing of India is Sanskrit.
Brahman (ism)
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an old Indian religion in which priests and religious scholars are the dominate class
His ancient ancestors practiced Brahmanism.
caste
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a class in which you are born to
In the caste system the untouchables are the most popular class.
reincarnation
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a major belief in hindusim and buddhism where you have many lives
I believe in reincarnation.
pilgrimage
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a journey to a holy place
We went on a pilgrimage to Bethlehem.
Buddhism
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a religion that originated in india but moved to china with the basic beliefs of Hinduism
There are some people in america that practice Buddhism.
Buddha
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a man who found enlightenment
My neighbor has a statue of Buddha.
Prince Siddhartha
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a prince who later became the Buddha
Prince Siddhartha started Buddhism.
ascetic
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a person who gives up worldly pleasures
An ascetic inspired the Buddha.
alms
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goods given to the poor
The Buddha brought alms to the forest.
Enlightenment
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spiritual knowledge that frees a person from rebirth
The Buddha found enlightenment under a tree.
Nirvana
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the state of peace and happiness
The Buddha found nirvana while he also found enlightenment.
Unification
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to make a whole
China's government had a unification.
Mauryan Empire
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an empire in India from about 322 to 187 B.C.E.
King Ashoka owned the Mauryan Empire.
edicts
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a command that is obeyed like a law
Ashoka put edicts around his empire.
monk
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A monk is like a priest.
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