Ancient India Research Paper

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Beginning in 1750 BCE, Ancient India is the oldest agriculturally advanced civilization to exist. Its development can be portrayed through a series of significant milestones. Starting in 500 BCE, Ancient India adapted new religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, which led to the formation of literature and language. With the development of new culture came opportunities for art and architecture, allowing this civilization to advance further through these artistic outlets. These significant aspects of ancient Indian culture are all factors that led to their development as a civilization.

The period of 1750-500 BCE was known as the Vedic age in Ancient India. The formative period was the basic foundation where Indian civilization …show more content…

(Ancient Society) As the Vedic Age came to an end, the tribal society of the Caste Society structure began to give way to a more complex social organization. The use of iron in this civilization began on the plains of India and gradually grew throughout the entire subcontinent. Trade began to expand, farming became more productive, and hunter-gatherers eventually took up farming and started to be incorporated into the Aryan society as new castes. (Olivelle) The spread of iron-age farming acted as a crucial step in the development in the history of ancient India as it later led to the rebirth of urban civilization. The use of Iron was also a significant factor in the development of ancient India’s culture as it was used in times of religious rituals and symbolic …show more content…

Founded by Gautama Siddhartha, also known as “The Enlightened One”, he believed that extreme self-discipline was not a constructive basis for a spiritual life. (TimeMaps2) Siddhartha also promoted his thought that the release from worldly desires was the only way to salvation. The religion of Buddhism emphasizes the importance of ethical behavior. It is not a religion that bases itself on the idea of one God, but of a powerful spiritual force such as the “Buddha”. A Buddha is a person who is able to discover the true understanding of life through meditation. (TimeMaps2) It was under the power of Asoka in ancient India, where Buddhism became established as a major religion and a major contribution towards the development of the culture of ancient

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