Subcontinent

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a large land mass almost, or fully disconnected from the continent.
Iceland is a subcontinent.
Monsoon
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the seson when the southwestern monsoon blows. It usuallly brings lots of rain.
The Monsoon caused our house to flood drasrically.
Plateau
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a flat, raised area of land.
I could not climb the treachorous plateau.
Glaciers
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An extended mass of ice formed from snowfalling andaccumulating over the years.
The glacier was immensely tall.
Hinduism
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The common religion in India based on the Vedas.
Hinduism is one of the most interesting religions in the world.
Dharma
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Quality of one's character.
Dharma is cool to learn about.
Brahman
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the priest of the Hindu religion.
Brahmans are the highest class in the caste system.
deity
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gods representing certain things.
There are many deities.
karma
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the force made by what a person does held in Hinduism.
By helping people, you will have good Karma.
samsara
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the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
Samsara is a cycle.
Vedas
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The ancient texts of the Hindu religion.
The Vedas are important.
Sanskrit
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The Hindu writing.
Sanskrit is hard to read.
Brahman (ism)
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The religious and social system.
Brahmanism is important.
caste
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The social class that a Hindu is born into.
The untouchables part of the caste system is now outlawed.
reincarnation
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being put into the cycle of Samsara again.
Reincarnation is an interesting topic.
pilgrimage
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Journey to a shrine or other sacred place undertaken to gain divine aid.
The Pilgrimage took a while.
Buddhism
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A religion based on the Buddha.
Buddhism is one of the main religions of the world.
Buddha
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The enlightened one of the Buddhist religion.
The Buddha was wise.
Prince Siddhartha
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The founder of Buddhism.
Prince Siddhartha became the Buddha.
ascetic
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a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals.
Ascetics were usually skinny.
alms
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Gifts given to ascetics.
Ascetics rely on alms for food.
Enlightenment
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When the Buddha found out the truths of life.
everybody's goal was to reach enlightenment
Nirvana
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Freedom from the endless cycle of personalreincarnations.
"Will I ever reach Nirvana?!?!?"Asked the person.
Unification
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The process of unifying something.
I like to unite things.
Mauryan Empire
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an empire ruled by the Mauryan dynasty.
The Mauryan Empire was powerful.
edicts
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a decree issued by a sovereign.
the edicts are guidelines in the Buddhist
monk
IndianMonk10.jpgA monk is a man that is part of a religious society.