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  1. karma
  2. stirrup
  3. Ethiopia
  4. moksha
  5. Vedas
  1. a Early Indian sacred 'knowledge'-the literal meaning of the term-long preserved and communicated orally by Brahmin priests and eventually written down.
  2. b In Indian tradition, the residue of deeds performed in past and present lives that adheres to a 'spirit' and determines what form it will assume in its next life cycle. Used in India to make people happy with their lot in life.
  3. c East African highland nation lying east of the Nile River. (See also Menelik II; Selassie, Haile.)
  4. d The Hindu concept of the spirit's 'liberation' from the endless cycle of rebirths.
  5. e Device for securing a horseman's feet, enabling him to wield weapons more effectively. First evidence of the use of stirrups was among the Kushan people of northern Afghanistan in approximately the first century C.E.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. collective name of a large group of sub-saharan african languages and of the peoples speaking these languages
  2. Great Vehicle' branch of Buddhism followed in China, Japan, and Central Asia. The focus is on reverence for Buddha and for bodhisattvas, enlightened persons who have postponed nirvana to help others attain enlightenment.
  3. Third ruler of the Mauryan Empire in India (r. 270-232 B.C.E.). He converted to Buddhism and broadcast his precepts on inscribed stones and pillars, the earliest surviving Indian writing.
  4. The four major social divisions in India's caste system: the Brahmin priest class, the Kshatriya warrior/administrator class, the Vaishya merchant/farmer class, and the Shudra laborer class.
  5. Caravan routes connecting China and the Middle East across Central Asia and Iran.

5 True/False questions

  1. trans-Siberian caravan routeshigh-precipitation forest zones of the Americas, Africa, and Asia lying between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.


  2. FunanAn early complex society in Southeast Asia between the first and sixth centuries C.E. It was centered in the rich rice-growing region of southern Vietnam, and it controlled the passage of trade across the Malaysian isthmus.


  3. Tamil KingdomsCaravan routes connecting China and the Middle East across Central Asia and Iran.


  4. Malay peoplesTreeless plains, especially the high, flat expanses of northern Eurasia, which usually have little rain and are covered with coarse grass. They are good lands for nomads and their herds. Good for breeding horses: essential to Mongol military.


  5. sub-Saharan AfricaA vast epic chronicling the events leading up to a cataclysmic battle between related kinship groups in early India. It includes the Bhagavad-Gita, the most important work of Indian sacred literature.