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23 07, 2017

Ghaznavids – Medieval Islam

By |2019-07-05T11:22:44-07:00July 23rd, 2017|History, India, Islam, West Asia|0 Comments

Ghaznavids: A minaret in Ghazni (Afghanistan), from about 1000 AD Abbasid soldiers Beginning in the 850s AD, the Abbasid caliphs of the Islamic Empire were looking for soldiers they would be able to trust, who were not other Arabs who would be trying to get into power. Who were the Abbasids? The High Middle Ages All our Islamic [...]

21 07, 2017

Shiva – Hindu god – Ancient India

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

The Hindu god Shiva Shiva was a Hindu fertility god, who made the crops grow. He was not mentioned in the Rig Veda, about 1000 BC, and seems to have come into Hinduism later than that. Around 300 BC, in the Mauryan period, people began worshipping Shiva. This might be another name for the Harappan god Rudra. But unlike the earlier Hindu gods, [...]

21 07, 2017

What is Hinduism? A religion of India

By |2019-09-18T07:44:50-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|2 Comments

Hinduism: Arjuna fighting Karna, with Krishna as his charioteer (Duttapara Temple, ca. 1500s AD) What does "Hindu" mean? The word Hindu comes from the river Indus. So it just means the people who live near the Indus river (actually in modern Pakistan). Indian environment Religions of India All our India articles Harappans and Hinduism [...]

21 07, 2017

Hinduism project – India religions

By |2017-07-21T08:39:17-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Airavetesavara temple to Shiva in southern India (1100s AD) For a great project on Hinduism, and to learn the important vocabulary of this religion, write words related to Hinduism on pieces of paper and put them in a hat. Two kids draw a word, and then have to act it out or tell a story [...]

21 07, 2017

How Ganesh cursed the Moon – Hinduism – India

By |2019-07-01T21:27:44-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Ganesh cursed the moon (Musee Guimet, Paris, from Tamil Nadu, ca. 1500 AD) Narada offered a sacrifice Now long ago Brahma was sitting with Shiva when a man called Narada came along. And Narada offered a beautiful fruit to Shiva as a sacrifice. It was a really wonderful fruit, that Narada had chosen specially for Shiva. Who is Ganesh? [...]

21 07, 2017

Brahma – Hindu god – Indian religion

By |2019-02-21T21:14:18-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Brahma (Musée Guimet, Paris,from Madhya Pradesh, about 1100 AD) Who was the god Brahma? Brahma was, along with Vishnu and Shiva, one of the three main gods of Hinduism. More about Vishnu And about Hinduism Religions of India All our India articles Vishnu came first, according to Hindu stories, and then Brahma was born out of Vishnu's [...]

20 07, 2017

Mauryan India – history of India

By |2019-09-18T07:42:36-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|2 Comments

These punch-marked silver coins might be from the time of Chandragupta I, in Mauryan India. Chandragupta I Alexander went back to Babylon in 324 BC. Then a man named Chandragupta overthrew the old Vedic kingdom of Nanda. Then he formed a big new empire. He ruled all of northern India and north-east into Afghanistan. Alexander in [...]

19 07, 2017

Indian art – Ancient and medieval

By |2019-09-12T15:34:56-07:00July 19th, 2017|Art, India|0 Comments

Indian art: Clay figurines from Mehrgahr, from the Stone Age The earliest art Major themes of Indian art seem to begin emerging as early as the Stone Age. The earliest art looks something like Mesopotamian art from Iraq. But it is noticeably different too. It's like later art in India in some ways. [...]

19 07, 2017

Medieval Indian architecture

By |2019-02-23T16:19:53-07:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|4 Comments

Osian Sun temple, 700s AD Two styles of temples: north and south By the 700s AD, after the collapse of the Guptan Empire, there were two different styles of temple-building in India, a north Indian style and a south Indian style. Guptan architecture in India Medieval African architecture Medieval Islamic architecture All our India articles [...]