People have been living on the Indian subcontinent for 250,000 years! Currently there are over 1.3 billion people living in the Republic of India, making it the second most populous country in the world next to China. Learn more with Storyboard That!
G.R.A.P.E.S.: Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy and Social Life. This storyboard explains the religious beliefs of Ancient India.
Brahmanism is considered the earliest of the Vedic followers and led to Hinduism which believes in reincarnation, karma, nirvana, and three main gods that form one supreme god. Hinduism is the world's oldest major religion and the largest religion in India today.
Founded by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha, 563 BCE-483 BCE), a Hindu prince that renounced his wealth to seek enlightenment. Buddhism focuses on understanding and eliminating suffering, karma, birth, and rebirth as laid out in the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
Other religions practiced in Ancient India include Islam, Jainism, and Sikhism. The Dharma Wheel symbol is used by Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Yoga was also developed to improve health in mind, body and soul.