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seafaring people along southern coast of India; traded cotton and silks, dyes, drugs, gold, and ivory
successive attachment of the soul to some animate form according to merits in previous lives
Indian epic of war, princely honor, love, and social duty; written down in last centuries BCE; previously handed down in oral form
stone shrines built to house pieces of bone or hair and personal possessions said to be relics of the Buddha; preserved Buddhist architectural forms
dynasty established in Indian subcontinent in 4th century BCE following invasion by Alexander the Great
creator of major Indian and Asian religion; born in 6th century BCE as son of local ruler among Aryan tribes located near Himalayas; taught enlightenment could be achieved only by abandoning desires for all earhtly things
founder of Maurya dynasty; established first empire in Indian subcontinent; first centralized government since Harappan civilization
grandson of Chandragupta Maurya; completed conquests of Indian subcontinent; converted to Buddhism and sponsored spread of new religion throughout his empire
political advisor to Chandragupta Maurya; one of the authors of Arthashastra; believed in scientific application of warfare
political treatise written during reign of Chandragupta Maurya; advocated use of spies and assassins, bribery, and scientific forms of warfare
dynasty that succeeded the Kushans in the 3rd century BCE; built empire that extended to all but the southern regions of the Indian subcontinent; less centralized than Mauryan empire
last of able rulers of the Gupta dynasty; following his reign the empire dissolved under the pressure of nomadic invasions
the caste position and career determined by a person's birth; Hindu culture required that one accept one's social position and perform occupation to the best of one's ability in order to have a better situation in the next life
later books of the Vedas; contained sophisticated and sublime philosophical ideas; utilized by Brahmans to restore religious authority
a religious symbol associated with meditation, usually created with geometric patterns and shapes
written by Varsayana during Gupta era; offered instrustions on all aspects of life for higher caste males, including grooming, hygiene, etiquette, and selection of wives
the sum of merits accumulated by a soul at any given point in time; determined the caste to which the soul would be assigned in the next life
Alexander the Great
invaded India but did not establish a durable empire; allowed important Indian contacts with Hellenistic culture
torrential rains crucial for farming; vary from year to year sometimes bringing too little rain or too late
literary epics developed by Aryans; initially passed down orally; most of what we know about preclassical period in Indian history comes from these sacred books
the first epic of the Vedas; consists of 1028 hymns deticated to the Aryan gods and composed by various priests
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