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Unformatted text preview: 1 History of India Kittler and Sucher, Food and Culture. Thomson/Wadsworth Danielou, Alain. A Brief History of INDIA. Inner Traditionas Internaional, Rochester, VT. (selected pages on E-reserve) Part of The Images of India: The Land & People SF State AV #89460 Asian Indian Culture India – 1.2 billion people, 4 times of U.S. Culturally complex - racial/religious groups migrated or invaded India. 15 languages recognized by Indian gov ’ t. 300 languages spoken and 700 dialects. History of India Older aboriginals Earliest civilization 2500 BCE. The largest city, Mohenjo-Daro, a commercial trade center. The descendants were Dravidians. Language was Tamil. 1500-1200 BCE, Aryans from Persia (now Iran) invaded Dravidians. Aryan priests created four books outlining Hinduism , 1500 BC. This established the caste system and other aspects of Hinduism. Brought language of Sanskrit (official language for 2,000 yrs). 2 History of India Guautama Buddha , born 567 BC in India. India - spiritual home of two major religions practiced today. Aryan and Dravidian cultures laid Aryan and Dravidian cultures laid the foundation for Indian Society, including Hinduism and Sankrit. Indus Valley - farming began 4000 BC, led to trading & civilization included developm’t of seaports. Numerous political units defeated people in the Indus Valley. History of India - continued 500+ BC – Greeks came as philosophers and traders for 1,000 yrs. Alexander the Great (of Greece) invaded India, left and died 323 BC....
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- India Company, British East India, northern/ western India, CE Northern India, Asian Indian Culture