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Ancient India Trivia

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1. The capital that Rama ruled over was called ...






2. The god - 'Lord of Creation' - was known as ...






3. TheIndian epic that celebrates Dharma






4. The theory that one's neighbor was an enemy and one's neighbor's neighbor was a friend was called ... This determined who would go into war with each other - and who would allign.






5. Was Rama's half brother who took the throne when Rama was banished.






6. The five branches of theIndus River that houses were built along the side of. The 'Five Rivers'






7. Term for: Breathe






8. The 16 kingdoms that were comprised of multiple tribes






9. Was a prince from the capital Adoyha. He did his Dharma and was an admirable ruler who respected his elders. However - when he was up for throne - his mother ordered his father to banish him. His father was Dasharatha.






10. The term for universal soul - which was introduced in the Upanishads.






11. This epic was recorded around 1000-500 B.C.E. in AncientIndia. It unveils various religious values - cultural beliefs - and aspects of everyday life inIndia and is the reason for the time period's label - 'the Epic Age'.






12. The religion that most people with power practiced was called ... It was modified to satisfy it's followers - so that they would not leave and join another religeon.






13. The ... were Buddha's teachings on how to attain enlightenment and nirvana - through disregarding all desires.






14. Were the visions the Buddha saw of an old man - a sick man - and a dead man. These sights inspired him to seek enlightenment.






15. A ... is a teacher of religion who has followers.






16. Is the term for - 'Great'






17. Survival






18. The five branches of theIndus River that houses were built along the side of. The 'Five Rivers'






19. Is the path between self-denial and desires (it does not go to the extremes of Brahmanism or Asceticism)






20. Was the term for an individual soul






21. A ... is a sage






22. Was Siddhartha Gautama's charioteer.






23. The four texts that were chanted and passed down by generation and taught about the Aryan gods - gave instructions for rituals - and explained the start of the universe.






24. Is the language thatIndians used for religious texts and purposes. Only upperclassmen were able to read this language (Brahmins).






25. Term for renouncing the worldly life






26. Powerful groups of warriors and rulers who were second on the Aryan Caste system. Represented Purusha's arms.






27. Was the Greek ambassador who was impressed with Chandragupta's work and wrote about it.






28. The four texts that were chanted and passed down by generation and taught about the Aryan gods - gave instructions for rituals - and explained the start of the universe.






29. Close to the city of Harappa. Also known as 'Mounds of the Dead'. Cared about hygiene and used gutter systems - had dwellings and bathrooms - etc.






30. Was the preserver of the universe who created the universe under Brahma's order. He gave Dasharatha rice pudding which allowed his wives to bear children.






31. Slaves who were represented as Purusha's feet in the Aryan Caste System.






32. The extended word for Jana that warriors called themselves when they settled in the Ganga Valleys.






33. Also known has the Buddha. Known for saying he was awake - to imply that he was merely aware of what went on around him. Started the Religion of Buddhism.






34. Was the Greek ambassador who was impressed with Chandragupta's work and wrote about it.






35. Is the path between self-denial and desires (it does not go to the extremes of Brahmanism or Asceticism)






36. Disguised himself as Arjuna's charioteer and urged him to fight in war - during the Mahabharata.






37. Were souls that people aimed to free. This concept came from Jainism.






38. Was the community of nuns and Monks in Buddhism.






39. River that ran down the Himalaya slopes and reached the bay of Bengal.






40. Were smaller groups within a caste. (e.x. family - etc.)






41. Was the evil king of Lanka (Modern Day: Sri Lanka) who abducted Sita from Rama.






42. Term for renouncing the worldly life






43. A book of hymns that explains the importance of Brahmins and many otherIndian creation stories - etc.






44. The god - 'Lord of Creation' - was known as ...






45. A strongIndian tribe that influencedIndians to occasionally refer to their country as Bharat.






46. Started the Mauryan Empire.In order to gain control - he overthrew Seleucid.






47. The culture that formed in the remains of Harappa after the civilization was over.






48. The ... was the war that took place between the Mauryans and the Kalinga Tribe. The Mauryans won - however - Ashoka later returned their land.






49. Was the concept of respect toward all living things and extreme self-denial. It tried to diminish several characteristics inIndia such as greed - and also urged its followers to act honorably - as well as accept other people's opinions and perspectiv






50. Devotion (also can be a form of Yoga)