We are here to talk about the civilizations of South East Asia!
The reason for this split is that people didn't always agree on the meaning of the Buddhist teachings.
In the Buddhist teachings of India, two groups, the Theravada and the Mahanya, split.
The Mahayana believed that Theravada teachings were too strict for ordinary people.
The Theravada believed that they were following the original teachings of Buddha.
Later on, there was a new religion that crept into India called Islam.
Many Muslim rulers in India were intolerant of other faiths. However, they generally used peaceful means to encourage people to convert to Islam.
In the area we know today as India, the rulers were trying to find ways to accept everyone's religious differences. Countries were coming to India from all over the world to trade. The purpose of this was to gain knowledge of different cultures and religions from everywhere.