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Ch 8: Culture & Beliefs of Ancient India

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Let us help you review information about ancient India, including the indigenous culture and the birth of Hinduism and Buddhism. These lessons and videos can help you understand early civilization in the Indus Valley.

Culture & Beliefs of Ancient India - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to renew your knowledge of the first civilizations in ancient India. You'll learn how early Hinduism evolved and get information on the caste system. Other lessons examine the life and teachings of Buddha and the growth of Buddhism.

Our instructors will describe Indus Valley civilizations and the Mauryan Empire. After watching these video lessons, you'll be ready to answer questions on:

  • Indigenous culture in ancient India
  • Outside influences
  • Brahmanism
  • Buddhism's teachings and spread through India and Central Asia
  • Hinduism's origins
  • The cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro
  • The rules and laws of the Mauryan Empire

These lessons average about five minutes each, and you can watch them anytime, on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The self-assessment quizzes that follow every lesson offer a chance to gauge your knowledge and determine where your weaknesses lie. A clickable timeline allows you to quickly access key topics in the lessons for additional review.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Culture & Beliefs of Ancient India
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Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

1. Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

This lesson will explore the history of ancient India. It will focus on the Harappan culture, their mixing with the Aryans, and the beginnings of the Hindu faith.

Brahmanism: Beliefs & Evolution into Early Hinduism

2. Brahmanism: Beliefs & Evolution into Early Hinduism

Brahmanism predates every other contemporary religion in India, but has had an impact, directly or indirectly, on all of them. This lesson discusses the mysterious past of Brahmanism and how Hinduism evolved from it.

The Caste System in Early India

3. The Caste System in Early India

Often misunderstood as an outgrowth of Indian religions such as Hinduism or Buddhism, the idea of social caste in India was actually started to maintain social order in the face of a diverse religious and social landscape.

Buddha: Life & Moral Teachings

4. Buddha: Life & Moral Teachings

With hundreds of millions of believers, Buddhism is one of the most influential religious traditions in the world. Learn more about its founder, his surprising early life and his basic teachings.

Buddhism's Spread in India, Ceylon & Central Asia

5. Buddhism's Spread in India, Ceylon & Central Asia

With the efforts of Ashoka, Buddhism soon spread throughout much of Asia. This lesson looks at how Buddhism spread, as well as how the faith split into two different systems. After you review the lesson, test your new knowledge with our quiz!

The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

6. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

7. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

8. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

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