Ans. The Kushanas were amongst the earliest rulers of the subcontinent to issue gold coins.
Ans. Chinese Buddhists pilgrims wrote about the dangers they encountered on their travels.
Ans. Gautamiputra Shri Satakarni and other Satavahana rulers were known as lords of the dakshinapatha.
Ans. The rich, glossy colours of silk, as well as its smooth texture, make it a highly valued fabric in most societies.
Ans. They came to visit places associated with the life of the Buddha as well as famous monasteries.
Ans. Appar was Tamil poet-saint and a devotee of Shiva. He belonged to vellala community.
Ans. Kushanas were the rulers, who ruled over central Asia and north-west India around 2000 years ago.
Ans. The worship of Bodhisattvas became very popular, and spread throughout Central Asia, China, and later to Korea and Japan.
Ans. They kept some of the wealth and distributed the rest amongst their supporters, including members of their family, soldiers, and poets.
Ans. The Christians of Kerala, known as Syrian Christians because they probably came from West Asia, are amongst the oldest Christian communities in the world.
Ans. Ordinary people were attracted to Bhakti because it emphasised devotion and individual worship of a god or goddess, rather than the performance of elaborate sacrifices.
Ans. Making silk is a complicated process because raw silk has to be extracted from the cocoons of silk worms, spun into thread and then woven into cloth.
Ans. The word ‘Hindu’, like the term ‘India’ is derived from the river Indus. It was used by Arabs and Iranians to refer to people who lived to the east of the river, and to their cultural practices, including religious beliefs.
Ans. The kings want to control the Silk Route because they could benefit from taxes, tributes and gifts that were brought by traders travelling along the route.
Ans. The most famous Kushana ruler was Kanishka, who ruled around 1900 years ago. He organized a Buddhist council, where scholars met and discussed important matters.
Ans. Bodhisattvas were supposed to be persons who had attained enlightenment. Once they attained enlightenment, they could live in complete isolation and meditate in peace.
Ans. Those who followed the system of Bhakti emphasised devotion and individual worship of a god or goddess, rather than the performance of elaborate sacrifices.
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