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Ancient India

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Steph Gorges

on 25 October 2016

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Transcript of Ancient India

Ancient India
Collection of sacred texts, including verses, hymns, prayers, and poems
Vedas
•Brahmins (priests and religious scholars)
•Kshatriyas (rulers and warriors)
•Vaishyas (herders and merchants)
•Shudras (servants, farmers, and laborers)
Social
Status
Indus River Valley
Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro
~3000-2500 BCE
Archeology:

By 1500 BCE - cities were abandoned
Decline?
Nomadic, pastoral people migrated into India
Aryans
Rig Veda 10.90: 11-12
When they divided the Man, into how many parts did they apportion him?What do they call his mouth, his two arms and thighs and feet?

His mouth became the Brahmin; his arms were made into the Kshatriya;
his thighs the Vaishyas; and from his feet the Shudras were born.
Lawbook of Manu
Social
Hierarchy
Let a Brahmana's name (denote something) auspicious, a Kshatriya's be connected with power, and a Vaisya's with wealth, but a Sudra's (express something) contemptible.

The Laws of Manu 2:31
PIECES Overview
What is it?
Conquest? Environmental disaster? Earthquake?
GEOGRAPHY
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