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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 developmt 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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