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Subcontinent

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A landmass that is big but is not as big as a continent.
India is a subcontinent.
Monsoon
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A wind from the southwest or south that brings heavy rainfall to southern Asia in the summer.
Monsoons brings heavy rainfall to South Asia.
Plateau
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A flat area of land that is higher than its surroundings.
A plateau is a raised flat surface above its surroundings.
Glaciers
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A big chunk of ice that slides over an area of land.
Glaciers move very slowly.
Hinduism
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India's first big religion.
Hinduism is the most observed religion in India. There are many gods in Hinduism.
Dharma
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It is a basic belief that Hindus believe in.
Dharma stands for law, obligation, and duty.
Brahman
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The one supreme power who rules over everything and anyone.
Brahman is the one supreme power.
deity
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A god or goddess
In Greek mythology there are many deities.
karma

How a person's life will effect their next life.
Karma will effect what you will become and how you will be treated in your next life.
samsara
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The process of coming into existence as a different being.
Samsara is the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth until you reach nirvana.
Vedas
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Hindu sacred writings.
Vedas are in collections. they are their sacred writings in poem form.
Sanskrit
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India's Ancient language.
Sanskrit was India's most popular language.
Brahman (ism)
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The ruler of all life.
The Brahman is the one supreme power.
caste
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Ranks in the social structure.
The caste system is not suppose to be used anymore.
reincarnation
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The rebirth of a person.
A person takes another form in reincarnation.
pilgrimage
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A journey to a holy place.
A pilgrimage is like haj.
Buddhism
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A religion created by Prince Siddhartha or the Buddha.
Buddhism was started when prince Siddhartha achieved enlightenment.
Buddha
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A man who created the religion Buddhism.
Buddha was a ascetic.
Prince Siddhartha
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The prince who became the Buddha.
Prince Siddhartha turned into Buddha.
ascetic
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A person who lives a simple life and gives up pleasures.
Ascetics are calm peaceful people.
alms
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Goods given to the poor.
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Alms could be a bit of food or a donation.
Enlightenment
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Buddhist people who are very spiritual and are good people can achieve enlightenment.
The Buddah could be called the Enlightened One.
Nirvana
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A feeling of happiness and peace.
When I am lying in my bed and reading I feel like I am in a state of Nirvana
Unification
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To bring something together.
King Asoka unified India through many wars but then he converted to Buddhism.
Mauryan Empire
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A kingdom that grew in India.
The Mauryan Empire was very big.
edicts
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A command that should be obeyed like a law.
There are four edicts in Buddhism.
monk
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A monk is a religious person who devotes his life to his religion.

A monk spends his whole life devoted to a god.