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Caste System

- 4 major groups
-judged by varna- color
-certain duties were assigned to each group
- each large group was separated into other groups

Holy Texts

- Mahabarata, Rig Veda, Upanishads

Cycle of Reincarnation

when an atman rejoins the Brahma, the cycle of reincarnation ends

Loss of Caste System

-centralization of power in Mauryan Empire
-Became Buddhist- so didn't have caste systems
-Each caste had their own government so eliminating them united the land


- creator & destroyer
-could create life and destroy it
-women had power

Important Ideas

must embrace destiny


After Harapan - civilization on the Ganges

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