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subcontinent
large landmass that is part of a continent but still distinct from it
alluvial plain
floodplain on which flooding rivers have deposited rich soil
mica
silicate mineral that typically splits into thin, shiny sheets
monsoon
in Asia, seasonal wind that brings warm moist air from the oceans in summer, cold dry air from inland in winter
cyclone
storm with heavy rains and high winds that blow in a circular pattern around an area of low atmospheric pressure
jati
in traditional Hindu society, a social group that defines a family's occupation and social standing
caste system
in traditional South Asian society, the division of society into rigid groups, based mainly on occupation, that determined social standing, marriage choice, and other actions
dharma
in Hinduism, a person's moral duty based on class distinctions, which guides his or her life
karma
in Hindu belief, the sum of good and bad actions in one's present and past lives, leading to rewards or punishment
reincarnated
in Hindu belief, being reborn repeatedly in different forms, until one has overcome earthly desires
nirvana
in Buddhism, ultimate state of peace and insight toward which people strive
mantra
in Hinduism, a sacred word or phrase repeated in prayers and chants
sadhu
a Hindu hermit or holy man and teacher
raga
in Indian classical music, a basic melody on which the player improvises or plays variations
tala
in Indian classical music, a rhythm pattern, often played on a drum
jute
plant fiber used to make string and cloth
green revolution
program, begun in the 1960s, to produce higher-yielding, more productive strains of wheat, rice, and other food crops
trekker
a mountain hiker; more generally, anyone on a diffucult journey
mangrove tree
tropical evergreen tree or shrub that usually grows in thick groves near water
Chipko
in India, en enviornmental movement known by the term for "tree-hugger" aimed at saving forests