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21 07, 2017

Jainism – religion in medieval India

By |2019-10-10T08:00:34-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Jainism: A Jain statue, possibly Mahavira, from about 1200 AD When did Jains get started? Nobody knows when people first began to follow Jain ideas. Some Jain traditions take their history back to about 2000 BC, in the Harappan period. More about Buddhism Indian religions All our India articles The first definite evidence of Jain faith, [...]

21 07, 2017

Indian religion – Ancient India

By |2019-09-14T08:10:19-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|6 Comments

Indian religion: Lights of a Diwali celebration What are the main Indian religions? Three major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam - have been important in India. Hinduism started in India in the Stone Age. What is Hinduism? When did Buddhism start? When did Islam reach India? All our India articles Buddhism started in India and spread [...]

21 07, 2017

Diwali – the Festival of Lights – Hinduism – India

By |2019-05-13T13:22:56-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Flowers and Diwali lamps - the Diwali festival What does "Diwali" mean? Diwali is a Sanskrit word originally meaning "a row of lights". "Dipa" is the Sanskrit word for "light". Diwali is an Indian harvest festival. It celebrates the end of the hard work of harvesting food. People are happy that now there is plenty [...]

21 07, 2017

Buddhism in India – A religion of ancient India – History of Buddhism

By |2019-09-13T07:00:15-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|10 Comments

Buddhism in India - Buddha Reincarnation and the wheel In the 500s BC, during the later part of the Vedic period in India, the idea of reincarnation became very strong among Hindus. Most people believed that after you died, you would be reborn in another form, and then reborn again, and again, forever. Read up on Hinduism... [...]

21 07, 2017

The Blind Men and the Elephant

By |2019-08-07T11:52:29-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Mughal painting of the blind men and the elephant, from the 1600s AD (now in Walters Art Museum) A story that's a metaphor Once there was an elephant, a tame elephant. He had been captured when he was a baby and taught to stand still and not worry much about people. So he was [...]

20 07, 2017

Vedic expansion – history of India

By |2019-03-13T10:44:02-07:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|0 Comments

Ganges river - wider and slower than the Indus Vedic people become more Indian After the Vedic people moved into the Ganges valley about 800 BC, they were further from West Asia and Central Asia and had less contact with their relatives there. Who were the Vedic people? Vedic architecture All our India articles Hinduism and the Mahabharata They [...]

18 07, 2017

Who was Euclid? History of Geometry

By |2019-05-31T20:43:18-07:00July 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Science|0 Comments

An Egyptian papyrus from about 100 AD which is a piece of one of Euclid's books Euclid's life and background Nobody knows much about Euclid's life anymore - it is all forgotten. We only know that he worked at the University of Alexandria, in Egypt, for a while. University of Alexandria Greek mathematics Egyptian math [...]