BC: Ancient India Read this book to find a lot of fun facts about Ancient India.
FC: Ancient India
1: How would you like to live were there are thieves and murderers? Thats what it was like to live in Ancient India. This book has all the information you will need on Ancient India. So dig into this book and find out all the interesting facts you never knew about.
2: Religions | There were many religions in Ancient India. The most common religion was Hinduism along with Buddhism. There were also Muslims and Jews.
3: There was once a Queen who was pregnant. She had a dream that her son would become a ruler or a holy man. They kept him in the castle, away from all unholy things. They did this because they wanted their son to grow to be a ruler. One day he left the castle and saw sadness. Then he started rules to be happy and people started following him and called him Buddha. People now worship statues of Buddha and believe in Buddhism.
4: Hinduism | The Brahma was the Hinduism god. Hinduism is one of the main religions in India. If you were in line to be a ruler that meant that your father was the King of India and his crown would be passed down to you. If your family was ruler you would belong to your families dynasty. When people got tired of the same dynasty they would go to war and if they won, there would be a new dynasty in the castle.
5: The Brahmin Priest | Surprisingly the Kings and Queens were not at the top of the social classes in India. It was the Brahman Priest. His job was to perform rituals and ceremonies and he was a very respected man.
6: The Kings and Queens | The King and Queen were second on the social classes of India. Every little girl dreams of one day becoming a princess but it is a lot of work to become royal. You have to protect the land of India and its people. You would also had to keep the economy up and provide for those who had less and were needy. It is not just fancy balls and clothes. It takes a lot of work to be royal. If you were in line to be a ruler that meant that your father was the King of India and his crown would be passed down to you. If your family was ruler you would belong to your families dynasty. When people got tired of the same dynasty they would go to war and if they won, there would be a new dynasty in the castle.
7: Chandragupta ll was India's most famous King in history. He helped the country grow to the best it had ever been. People loved him and people still remember him from the Ancient Indian times.
8: Warriors | The warriors were very hard workers. They were on the same level of social class as the King and Queens. They were known for fighting battles. When they were being recognized they rode in on elephants, and chariots. Tye were respected because they had an education.
9: Chieftains | The chieftains, Kings and Queens and warriors were all on the same social class. The chieftains job was to make sure the rule were followed in the villages and cities. You would get to become a chieftain if you were related to the King.
10: Merchants | Merchants were one step lower than the King, Chieftains and Warriors. They sold food, cotton, silk and many other things in the marketplace. They had to make their money off of their profit.
11: Farmers | Most of the time the farmers are on the bottom of the social classes, in India they figured out that without farmers they wouldn't be able to eat a lot. So they bumped farmers up to the middle class along with merchants and landowners. If you were a farmer you planted crops in the fields and harvest them and then give them to the merchants to go sell them in the marketplace. Although you didn't get to keep vary many crops. Anybody could be a farmer because you didn't have to have an education.
12: Landowners | The landowners, farmers and merchants were all in the middle class. They were respected but not as much as the upper class. All they did for a job was to own their land. It wasn't a hard job so many people had that job.
13: Land Laborers | The land laborers were in the lower class. They worked for the farmers and were sort of like slaves. They had to work very hard and didn't get very much pay. Although anybody could be a land laborer because everybody wanted help around the farm.
14: Craftsmen | The craftsmen were in the lower class along with the land laborers. The craftsmen painted peoples paintings and pictures. They also made pottery pots, plates, pans, utensils and many other things. The craftsmen had to work very hard, It was a difficult job. The lower class usually had the more difficult jobs. They were more respected then the untouchables though.
15: Untouchables | It was a rule that you can't touch an untouchable. If you did you would become an untouchable yourself. Nobody could talk to you and nobody could work with you. It was a very lonely life for the untouchables. They were the lowest of the low in Ancient India | You would become an untouchable if you touched them or talked to them. You could also become an untouchable if you were kicked out of your social class or if you were the person sent to kill the prisoners.
16: Social Classes These were the social classes in Ancient India.
17: Taking Over | The end of the Gupta Empire came when the empire the fell and the city-states went back to having their own kings. Eventually the British took over India in 1857. They stayed in power for 90 years. Then India took back over in 1947. They remain in power today. While the British remain in power of England today.
18: In the Beginning... | When people first started moving to India. They settled near the Indus River. They had to live there because it provided water for they and there animals. It also provided to water there crops.
19: Flat Ground | The land around the Indus River is flat. That flat ground helped with planting crops and building homes. That is another reason they settled near the Indus River.
20: Bibliography | "3-Cups-of-Tea - Indus River." 3-Cups-of-Tea - Indus River. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2012.