STUDY GUIDE: LEARNING ABOUT HINDU BELIEFS AND INDIA The following items should be reviewed and studied for our upcoming QUIZ, which will take place Thursday, September 19th. The QUIZ will cover content only in our recent studies of Hinduism and India. Vocabulary + key terms- define, describe, discuss, impact and significance. Vedas Sanskrit Varna Moksha Caste Reincarnation Pilgrimage Brahmanism Polytheistic Henotheistic Atman Mandala Essential questions/concepts1. Describe why Hinduism is a henotheistic belief system. a. How does that concept build upon who/what Brahman is? b. List and describe several of the more significant gods in Hinduism 2. Describe the famous Hindu story, Ramayana. What is the theme and main idea of this story? Why is this story such a significant piece to Indian/Hindu culture? 3. Highlight the four main social classes that the Vedas describes. (Brahmins, Kshatryas, Vaishyas, Sudras) Be sure to discuss the untouchables as well. What role has the caste system played in India? Brahmins Kshatryas Vaishyas Sudras Untouchables 4. Discuss the origins of Hinduism. What group do historians often credit Hinduism to? 5. Use the graphic organizer to provide the required information for the following: BELIEF: Dharma Karma Samsara *Additional Notes: What is it? Influence on Indian culture/society?