ca.%201500%20India

ca.%201500%20India - Pollard History 103 September 14, 2006...

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Pollard History 103 September 14, 2006 India ca. 1500 Vijayanagar, third largest city in the world ca. 1400/1500. Southern India, major international trade hub (ciaro and nanjing were rivals) Princely States: different political regions ruled by princes (maharaja), no higher authority than the princes—no central rule Hinduism: dominant religion (practices) since 7 cen CE. Same sort of cultural cohesiveness that held together china (Confucianism) and Ottoman (Islam) caste system: Brahmins: priestly, elites (the “head”) learned in Hindu texts Kshatriyas: warrior (the “arms) defend society Vaisya: laborers (the “thighs”) artisans, merchants Sudras: unskilled laborers (the “feet”) Untouchables: slum dogs (the “bottoms of the feet”) Dharma: destiny, gave ppl the sense that what caste they were born in was their destiny and they couldn’t change it just make the best of it. If you are good then you move up a caste level in the next life. Baghavad Gita: most important Hindu text
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