History

What Books and Burials Tell Us

Question:

How do megaliths show that there were social differences? [V. Imp.]

Answer:

Sometimes, more objects are in found in one grave than in another. This indicates that people were buried according to their social status. In Brahmagiri, a skeleton was found with 33 gold beads, 2 stone beads, 4 copper bangles, and a conch shell. Whereas other skeletons have only few pots.

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What Books and Burials Tell Us

Q 1.

In what language has the Rigveda been composed?

Q 2.

Name the four Vedas.

Q 3.

Where is Inamgaon situated?

Q 4.

Write a short note on the Rigveda. [V. Imp.]

Q 5.

What were the various purposes of fighting battles as depicted by the Rigveda?

Q 6.

What were the groups of people in terms of their work?

Q 7.

In what ways are the books we read today different from the Rigveda ?

Q 8.

What kind of evidence from burials do archaeologists use to find out whether there were social differences amongst those who were buried?

Q 9.

What were megaliths?  [Imp.]

Q 10.

In what ways do you think that the life of a raja' was different from that of a dasa' or dasi'?

Q 11.

Find out whether your school library has a collection of books on religion, and list the names of five books from this collection.

Q 12.

How have people in a society been depicted in the Rigveda?    [V. Imp.]

Q 13.

How is it known that burial spots were meant for families?

Q 14.

Who were the Aryas' and the Dasas'?    [V. Imp.]

Q 15.

Describe in brief about how the Rigveda depicts cattle, horses, chariots, and battles.

Q 16.

Fill in the blanks with appropriate words to complete each sentence:
(i)The oldest of the Vedas is ………..
(ii)The Rigveda was composed about …….. years ago.
(iii)The hymns in the Vedas have been referred to as ………….. which means …………….
(iv) The major gods praised in the hymns of the Rigveda were : ……………………….and …………
(v) Sanskrit is part of the …………..  family of languages.
(vi) In a hymn in the Rigveda, Vishvamitra used the word ‘sisters' for the two rivers ……and…….
(vii) Brahmins' and Rajas' were two groups of people in terms of…………………..
(viii) Slaves were captured during………………..
(ix) Stone boulders used for marking burial sites are called …………………
(x) Black and Red Ware are words used for…………….. that were buried with the dead.

Q 17.

Name some area where megaliths were prevalent.

Q 18.

Write a short note on megaliths.

Q 19.

Megalith Complete the sentences:
(a) Slaues were used for…………….
(b) Megaliths are found in……………
(c) Stone circles or boulders on the surface were used to………………..
(d) Port-holes were used for……………
(e) People at Inamgaon ate…………….

Q 20.

How do megaliths show that there were social differences? [V. Imp.]