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India is a subcontinent. Subcontinent is a large piece of land that sticks out from a continent. India sticks out from the rest of Asia into the Indian Ocean. Monsoon. A strong wind that blows across East Asia at certain times of the year. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • India is a subcontinentSubcontinent is a large piece of land that sticks out from a continent.India sticks out from the rest of Asia into the Indian Ocean.

  • MonsoonA strong wind that blows across East Asia at certain times of the year.Indias climate is ruled by monsoons or strong seasonal winds.

  • AryansCame to India after the Indus Valley Civilization ended.Migrated from Central AsiaThey were nomadic herders.They had a caste system

  • Caste SystemSociety was divided into classes.People had to stay in the caste of their parents.People did the same work as their parents and other members of their group.

  • The Caste System of Ancient India

  • The Different CastesChat-ree-yasVie-shasSoo-dras

  • The BrahminsPriests and teachers of Sanskrit and DharmaOnly caste allowed to teach and attend school

  • The KshatriyaFunctioned as warriors or army leaders

    Chat-ree-yas

  • The Vaishyas vie-shasTraders, cattle farmers, minor officials, merchants and artisansOwned their own business or farm land

  • The Sudras soo-dras Servants and farmhandsDid not own their own land and businesses Most people were in this caste

  • The Harijans or OutcastesKnown as untouchables, below all othersResponsible for handling the dead, cleaning up human waste, and collecting garbage

  • RulesCaste status passed down through family generations and was impossible to change.People from different castes could not marry, befriend, or eat with each other

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