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Ancient India Trivia

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1. AnIndian figure that Brahmins claimed to have comprised the world. Also represented the Aryan Caste System.






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






3. Was a prince from Kosalo before dropping out of society and creating Jainism. He was formerly known as Nataputta Vardhamana.






4. Was a tribe on the East Coast - who refused to submit to the Mauryan Empire. Once Ashoka found out that they army had conquered them - he freed them - returned land - and wrote an apology.






5. A follower of Hinduism is known as ...






6. Represented non-violence to all living things and was taught toIndia by Nataputta Vardhamana.






7. Was Ashoka's word for obedience to parents and elders - kindness to all human and family relations - respect for all priests and ascetics - and refraining from killing living things.






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






9. Word for Aryan Caste System (social classes based on skin tone)






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






11. Laws and aspects of everyday life in the Mauryan empire were recorded on ...They are commonly found on stones and pillars.






12. Means someone destined to be a buddha. ... refers to one who delays personal enlightenment to help others achieve enlightenment.






13. Was the term for an individual soul






14. City in earlyIndia that focused on ships and sea trade. 30 miles away from the Arabian Sea. Known as a port city with a dockyard.






15. Is the most famous story in the Mahabharata. It is also known as - 'The Song of the Lord'.






16. Laws and aspects of everyday life in the Mauryan empire were recorded on ...They are commonly found on stones and pillars.






17. Is the cycle that everyone goes through (death and rebirth)






18. Vishnu's servant who created the world.






19. Was Siddhartha Gautama's charioteer.






20. Regular tradesmen - farmers - craftsmen - etc. who were represented by Purusha's legs.






21. Also known as - 'Song of the Lord'. It is the most renowned section in the Mahabharata and illustrated the concept of Dharma (duty) ad was added into the Mahabharata at a later time. The conversation between Arjuna and Krishna.






22. Term for: enlightened one






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






24. A form of prayer and meditation that has the goal of divine union.






25. The valley where the seventeenIndian kingdoms developed






26. The ... were being a student - becoming a householder - 'going to the forest' - and finally - becoming a wandering holy man. (remember to write the word wandering)






27. The time period of the two main ... - the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.






28. The Greek ambassador who described details fromIndia to the Hellenistic empire. He was from the seleucid empire.






29. Term for: Compassion






30. Those who wore sacred clothing - took part in rituals - and were guaranteed to reach the afterlife. The three upper classes inIndia who were able to take part in thread.






31. 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






32. Word for 'Knowledge'






33. Was Rama's brother who came with him during his exile. He was a dedicated brother and fought for Rama - especially during Rama's expedition to get Sita back.






34. Is the definition for a Great Warrior






35. The 16 kingdoms that were comprised of multiple tribes






36. Indians will occasionally refer to their country with this label - named after a successful Aryan tribe.






37. Is the cycle that everyone goes through (death and rebirth)






38. Were those classified as impure and polluters. They were below shudras.






39. (Sanskrit: amitroghata- Greek: Amitrochates) 'the destroyer of foes' He was the son of Chandragupta who lived from 297 B.C.E until 272 B.C.E






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






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






42. Is the definition for a Great Warrior






43. Term for: Supreme Peace and Enlightenment






44. Were the people who did not believe in enjoying life - and got inner peace by finding a greater reality than their own.






45. The 16 kingdoms that were comprised of multiple tribes






46. Chief in Sanskrit






47. Was Rama's faithful wife who accompanied him when he was banished. However - when Ravana abducted her Rama was hesitant on taking her back.






48. A greeting meaning 'the divine in me recognizes the divine in you.'






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






50. Was Rama's faithful wife who accompanied him when he was banished. However - when Ravana abducted her Rama was hesitant on taking her back.