Early Indian Civilization Crossword Puzzle

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  • the vedas : what is the main source of information about aryan life?
  • reincarnation : in hinduism and buddhism, the process by which a soul is reborn continuously until it achieves perfect understanding
  • karma : (hinduism and buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation
  • subcontinent : a large landmass that is set apart from the rest of the continent
  • kshatryia : the second level of the hindu caste system made up of warriors and leaders
  • untouchables : an indian social class that emerged below the sudras and whose members performed the most unclean and polluting work.
  • brahmin : an aryan society, a member of the social class made up of priests
  • hinduism : a religion and philosophy developed in ancient india, characterized by a belief in reincarnation and a supreme being who takes many forms.
  • nirvana : achieving freedom from selfish desire and suffering. this is the final step in the eightfold path and it breaks the cycle of reincarnation.
  • gurus : thinkers and teachers who left their homes to live in the forest to think and talk about religious ideas
  • sudras : the artisan and merchant varna of the caste system.
  • dharma : in hindu belief, a person's religious and moral duties
  • caste system : a fixed social structure in which a person is born into
  • ascetic : person who gives up worldly indulgences and leaves a life of self-discipline.
  • indus river : what river caused the rise of the indian civilization?
  • eight fold path : the eight basic rules of behavior leading to an end of suffering. (this is also called the middle way or the middle path.)
  • rivers : where did the first civilizations arise?
  • epic poems : a long story of heroes told in verse
  • buddha : the awakened one