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Aryan
Warriors and herders from eastern Europe and western Asia who migrated to India beginning about 3000 years ago
Buddhism
an Asian religion based on the teaching of Buddha
caste
a group within a social class
Hinduism
a religion native to India, featuring belief in many gods and reincarnation.
reincarnation
the belief that the soul lives on after death and returns to life in a new body
Sanskrit
a language of India, first spoken by the ancient Aryans
untouchable
in India, people below all castes. The name came from the idea that others would be made impure from their touch.
Vedas
ancient books of sacred Hindu writings
Arabic numeral
the base-ten number system: 1-9 and 0. Used in India as early as a.d. 595
assassination
murder for a political reason
inoculation
giving a person a mild form of a disease so that he or she will not get sick with a more serious form
missionary
a person sent out to teach about a religion
rajah
an Indian prince
turning point
a time of important change
cavalry
soldiers who ride horses or other animals to make swift attacks.
courier
a person who delivers messages
plateau
a high, flat area of land
prophet
a person who others believe speaks or writes a divine message
tribute
yearly payments
Zoroastrianism
A religion started by Zarathustra that teaches the belief in two gods--one god and one evil