Ancient India

Ancient India
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  • Geography 
  • Social Structure 
  • Brahmins
  • Kshatriyas
  • Vaishyas
  • Sudras
  • God
  • Religion- Hinduism 
  • Dharma
  • Pleasure
  • Moksha
  • Success
  • India is over 2000 miles longs. It has lots of natural barriers like mountains and water sources. Some of these are the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, the Arabian sea, the Indian ocean and the Bay of Bengal. India also depends on monsoons. If they are on time then their crops are watered and everything is good. If not then their crops were destroyed.
  • Religion-Buddhism 
  • Buddha also created stupas in which monks and nuns lived.
  •  The Social Structure consisted of 6 classes. At the top was the god.  Next was the Brahmins - or the priests. Under them were the kshatriyas, the rulers and warriors.  Vaishyas were the artisans, bankers, and merchnats. Sudras were the farmers, and menial workers. The Untouchables were later added. They did all the dirty work.
  • Leaders 
  • Untouchables
  •  Hinduism is the 3rd largest religion  in the world . They believe  in  one  supreme god -  Brahman.They believe  that your inner soul - Atman-is  connected to Brahman .They think that humans are born wanting 4 things-Pleasure, success, Dharma, and Moksha .They also believe  in reincarnation based on your  karma.
  • Inventions/Downfall
  • Siddhartha Gautama was a prince and was protected from everything unpleasant. one day he saw the 4 passing sights. He saw an old man leaning on a stick, a man shrunken by disease, a dead man, and a holy man. Siddhartha left and meditated under the Bodhi tree. After 49 days he achieved enlightenment. He became Buddha. For 45 years he traveled and taught people about Buddhism. 
  • Chandragupta Maurya was a emperor well known for being good with the Indian bow.It was 9 feet long and could pierce through a shield. He also used war elephants and conquered most of India. Asoka- his grandson-was another good emperor . Asoka turned to Buddhism after a long war. He created things like hospitals, set up wells, and created a road system.
  • When Asoka Died, the new emperor struggled and his own general killed him . However Indians created many things. They created things like Fables and folktales. They also created Art and music. They were the ones that created arithmetic, Algebra, and trigonometry. They realized that the earth was round, rotated on an axis, and that the moon shone because it reflects light from the sun.
  • Fables & Folktales 
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