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  • The Aryans migrated to India in about 1500 BC, and arrived in about 2000 BC. They were originally from the area around the Caspian Sea and Central Asia. They crossed through the Hindu Kush mountains, and moved east towards the Ganges River Valley.
  • The first Aryan settlers did not read or write, so they memorize religious poems called Vedas. The Vedas were spoken in Sanskrit, one of the most important languages in India. After Sanskrit became a written language, Vedas were written in Sanskrit as well. Writing in Sanskrit helped the Aryans to keep important records. Three epic stories, besides the Vedas, are the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Upanishads. The Mahabhrata is the book which I am holding now.
  • The religion of the Aryans was very complex. They developed Hinduism, one of the most practiced religions in India. They believed in many gods such as Indra, Agni, and Usha. They believed that the gods had complete control over their lives, which caused the priests to perform elaborate ceremonies to help please and gain the favor of these gods and goddesses. --------------------------------- This concludes our tour for today. Phir milenge, everyone!
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