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Ancient India

Author: Aleisha Olson
Understand some of the historic, geographic, and cultural background of ancient India
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Map of Indus Valley, Creative Commons,; Image of Priest-King from Mohenjo-Daro, Photo by Mamoon Mengal, Creative Commons,; Image of Seal with Man in Yogic Pose, Public Domain,

Terms to Know

An important Buddhist king of 3rd century BC India, known for his edicts, posted at the top of monumental pillars.


A religion based on the teachings of Buddha, which emphasizes that all suffering in life comes from desire and that the way to achieve nirvana, or enlightenment and release from the cycle of life is to eliminate one’s earthly desires.


A system of religious practice in India that emphasizes the idea of dharma, or duty, and corresponding daily rituals and practices.


A religion founded in ancient India that teaches the immortality and transmigration of the soul and denies the existence of a perfect or supreme being.


The man who established the central tenets of Jainism.


A decorative shape with three lobes.


The oldest and most authoritative Hindu texts, written in Sanskrit.