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Subcontinent

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A piece of land that is often large but smaller than a continent.
My cousin used to live in a very large subcontinent.
Monsoon
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A very big wind that brings lots of rain in the southern part of Asia during the summer.
My sister's friend experienced a Monsoon when she was visiting Asia for a trip.
Plateau
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A piece of land that is above the land around it.
I used to live on a Plateau when I was three years old.
Glaciers
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A large piece of ice that moves slowly over a piece of land.
I love to watch videos on t.v. about glaciers and how slow they move.
Hinduism
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the first big religion in India.
I know a girl who studies Hinduism and their ways of life.
Dharma
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A simple belief that's all about law, obligation, and duty.
I try my best to have very good Dharma.
Brahman
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A large power that everything in the universe is a part of.
My friend studies Brahman, she told me it was known as "The supreme power".
deity
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The creatures that represent Brahman.
I love to read about the Deities and about the study of Brahman.
karma
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The belief where if you are good the universe will reward you, and if you are bad the universe won't, it will make your life worse.
I try my best to have good karma so I won't end up as an animal in the after life.
samsara
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The cycle of birth, death, and re-birth that continues through-out India.
I am almost at the point of death in the cycle of samsara.
Vedas
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A large group of Hindu protected writings.
I have once seen a group of Vedas when I took a trip to India.
Sanskrit
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A language from long ago in India.
My friend knows how to write in Sanskrit.
Brahman (ism)
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A long ago religion in India in which priests, and religious scholars are in the same class.
Brahmanism is the religion that my grandmother studies, she told me that her great grandfather was a priest.
caste
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A series of classes in India, such as priests, kings, business community, etc.
I learned that in the caste system the Priests were the highest, not the kings.
reincarnation
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The belief in which when a person dies, their soul is born into a new body after the death.
I thought it was interesting that they believe that the soul can transfer bodies after death comes to the first body.
pilgrimage
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The long journey to Mecca.
My great-Aunt made the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Buddhism
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The popular religion in India created by Prince Siddhartha.
My grandfather studies Buddhism and tells me stories about how Prince Siddhartha sat in the forest and meditated;looking for peace.
Buddha
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The man who lived in India from 563 to 483 B.C.E and created the religion of Buddhism.
I found the Buddha very down to earth and warm-hearted.
Prince Siddhartha
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The man who created Buddhism, known as the Buddha.
Prince Siddhartha created Buddhism, a religion that many people in India study.
ascetic
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A person who gives up the universes good things. (pleasures)
I don't know anyone who is an ascetic, I probably won't be either.
alms
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nice/good gifts given to those who are tight with money.
I gave alms to my neighbor once, He didn't have much money.
Enlightenment
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Buddha believes in finding enlightenment.
The Buddha found enlightenment when he was in the forest meditating for weeks.
Nirvana
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A point in life when you are at peace, and full of happiness.
I try my best to always feel Nirvana.
Unification
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To make into one, or whole.
I watched a video of a unification between two countries. they came together to make into one.
Mauryan Empire
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An empire in India that was around from 322 to 187 B.C.E
I thought it was cool how the Mauryan Empire covered a lot of India.
edicts
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An order that is obeyed just like a law.
I have followed many edicts.
monk
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a sacred man who devotes his life to religious studies.
I know a man who is a monk, and all he does is practice his religion, which is part of being a monk.