Sure, I will trade you for some of the fish that I catch.
No! What if our master finds out? It's too dangerous!
I think that I am going to try to run away from this place.
What is that noise? I hope that it's not the official coming to collect our taxes again, I'm going to be forced into slavery at this rate!
Artisans and professionals were the architects, merchants, fishermen, and skilled craftsmen of the empire.
I can sense that it will rain soon. This is good, the people will be happy. Hopefully this will help our harvest be successful this season.
Families had between 10 and 100 slaves each. Some were prisoners of war, some were captured from other kingdoms, some were bought and sold illegally, and others were forced into slavery when failing to pay debts. They had no role in society and could not freely leave their master’s house, and they were punished if they tried to escape.
We promise to remain faithful and loyal to you, your majesty.
Peasants made up the largest group in the society. Most were rice farmers who paid taxes in the form of grain. They could be required to serve in the military or provide labour for buildings if ordered by the king.
The king served as both the religious and political leader, with some worshipping them as ‘living gods’. They carried out Hindu rituals, and it was believed that they controlled the rain that ensured regular and successful harvests. Any forms of dispute between citizens were taken to the king to resolve.
Nobles and officials swore an oath of loyalty to the king, with a threat of eternal punishment if they broke this oath. Their main jobs included managing land through the village temples and collecting taxes.
The king often had female bodyguards because he believed women to be more trustworthy and loyal than men.