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1: Hinduism is India's primary religion. | India's Modern Religion | India is about 81% Hindu, 13% Muslim, 3% Christian, and only about 1% Buddhist and 1% Jain.
2: To the right is Aum, and ancient Hindu symbol. | To the left is Brahman, the Hindu deity.
3: India's Ancient Religion | This is Buddha!
4: Ancient Cities | Harappa | Mohenjo-Daro | These river cities were the first to be invaded by the Aryans.
5: Modern Cities | Some modern cities are New Dehli and Varanasi.
6: The caste system was the ancient social ranking system. | The caste system was very cruel and strict. you were born into your caste and could not get out. The system went from Sudras--untouchables--up to Brahmins, who were priests.
7: Nowadays, the caste system has been outlawed.
8: Ancient India was an empire, ruled by kings and emperors. There were several dynasties, including the Gupta dynasty, when India was at its peak.
9: Today, India is a democratic republic with 28 states. Currently the Prime Minister is Manmohan Singh. | India's legislation is bicameral, meaning it is split into two houses--Lok Sabha (people's assembly) and Rajya Sabha (Council of States)
10: Kshatriyas--fierce warriors. | Vaisyas--skilled artisans and traders. | In ancient India, your caste determined what your job was. If you were a Kshatriya, you were a warrior, if you were a Pariah, you had the worst jobs no one else wanted,.
11: Most Indians today are farmers.In urban areas, however, there are many different types of jobs that make up everyday life. | A priest. | Some examples are priest, politician, food vendor, etc. | A farmer in his fields.
12: A tall Buddha statue. | Henna is an ancient art. | The Art and Architecture of Ancient India. | Today, much of India's art focuses on dancing and henna.
13: Dancing, bright colors, and cheerful tombs.
14: The ancient Indians mostly wrote and spoke in Sanskrit.
15: You can see how Hindi evolved from Sanskrit. | Today, most Indians speak and write in Hindi.