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Annotation:The traditions that define Indian life have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Emphasizing the nine centuries of the "golden age," this introduction to India's noble culture reconstructs a time when political and religious enlightenment flourished, and artistic creation reached its height.
Annotation:Discover the people and traditions of one of the most dynamic countries in the world. Discover the rich diversity of the world's most populous democracy in this stunning guide. Witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal, learn how India gained its independence, discover the splendor of the Mughal dynasty, and much, much more.
From the earliest times, people have worn clothes, not just for warmth, but to show their status or role in a group. Some wore special clothes for religious purposes, others dressed simply to look good and attract a partner. Clothes of the Ancient World looks at how fashions developed with the rise and fall of the early civilizations.
Annotation:The stories and myths of India are a rich and varied tapestry unlike any other in the world. Their purpose is greater than just entertainment: they are examples of how to live, or not live, a good life.
Annotation:Imperial China: Ancient kingdoms, warring states. First emperor. Han Dynasty. Sui and T'ang Empires. Rivals, rulers, and invaders -- Rulers of India: Early empires. Glory of the Guptas. Moghul might. Aurangzeb and after -- Ottoman Turkey: Ottoman origins. Marching on the West. Suleyman the Magnificent. Long decline. "The sick man of Europe."
Annotation:Retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who are separated by the demon prince Ravana until the Monkey Army of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them. Includes facts about Divaali, the festival celebrating Rāma and Sītā's return to their kingdom.