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Cultural Development and Physical Geography. India. India is located on the continent of Asia between Pakistan (west), China (ne) and myanmar (east) arabian sea (SW) indian ocean (sW\E). Beliefs. Hinduism Buddhism. Original Buddhism Teaches that desire causes suffering

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Cultural development and physical geography

Cultural Development andPhysical Geography


India is located on the continent of Asia between Pakistan (west), China (ne) and myanmar (east) arabian sea (SW) indian ocean (sW\E)





Original Buddhism

Teaches that desire causes suffering

People hope to achieve a state of peace called nirvana through self-denial

The idea of self-denial was hard for people to follow

New ideas

Teaches that Buddha was a god

Teaches that people can become Buddhas

Teaches that Buddhas can give up nirvana to save humanity through good works and self-sacrifice

Popular with the people



Original Hinduism

Belief in many gods

Priests only could perform sacrifices and ceremonies to the gods

Limited interest with the people

New Ideas

Began to believe in one divine force

3 important gods that represent the divine force

Brahma – center of the world

Vishnu – preserver of the world

Shiva – destroyer of the world

Popular gods interested the people


Indian culture
Indian Culture

Because of its location, people from other races (Persia, Central Asia and Greece) fled to Northern India during times of political trouble in their country.

Because of its location it was also a great area for trade by sea and land.

These 2 groups of people brought new languages and customs to India

Trade in india


Different groups controlled India because of its valuable resources

Invaders spread trade to new areas especially through the Silk Roads

Silk Roads – trade routes that carried products (silk) from China to Asia (India) to Rome


Sea routes allowed for trade between India and other countries

They imported gold and ivory from Africa and exported cotton cloth

They imported dates and horses from Arabia and exported rice and wheat

They imported silk from China and exported cotton cloth and animals

Trade in India

Other things traded
Other things traded

  • Trade allowed for Indian merchants to become wealthy. It also allowed new ideas to be shared:

    Religion – Buddhism and Hinduism through the Silk Roads and missionaries

    Astronomy – learned from trade ships, proved the earth was round

    Time – learned from Greek invaders, based calendar on sun, had 7-day weeks

    Math – numbers we use today, zero, decimals

    Medicine – surgery and medicine

The taj majal is a world famous landmark located in india
The TajMajal is a world famous landmark located in India.


  • China is located on the continent of Asia. It is surrounded by India (SW), Nyanmar/Thailand/Laos/Vietnam (S), Pacific Ocean (E), Phillipines/Taiwan (SE), Japan (NE), Mongolia/Russia (N) and Kazakhstan (NW)

    Map A19

Chinese beliefs
Chinese Beliefs

  • Confucianism

    Beliefs taught by Confucius that gentlemen should practice:






  • They also believed their emperor had divine authority. He was the link between heaven and earth.


  • To get a government job under the Han Dynasty a person had to pass a test on Confucianism

  • To learn Confucianism people went to school

  • Usually only the wealthy could attend school

Chinese culture
Chinese Culture

  • Under the Han Dynasty, China conquered many people. At one time they had a population of over 60 million people.

  • Because of the location on the Silk Road and their resources (including silk) it was a great area for traders as well.

  • These 2 groups of people brought new customs and ideas to China.

Chinese culture1
Chinese Culture

  • The people conquered by the Han brought in new ideas, languages and customs to China

  • To help with this, China practiced assimilation – the process of making conquered people follow the conqueror’s culture – by:

    Settling in their lands

    Marrying their people

    Setting up schools to teach them Confucianism

Trade in china
Trade in China

  • There was worldwide demand for silk

  • China began to trade silk, salt, and iron and other items along the Silk Road

  • This trade led to contact with many other people and ideas

Other things
Other things

Trade and war introduced China to many other people. This helped them develop new things:

  • Paper – more books = more education and more record keeping

  • Collar harness – horses could pull more weight than in Europe

  • 2 Blade Plow – farming was faster

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Water mills – to grind grain

  • Silk mills – to make more silk (also made silk production a government secret)

China is famous for its great wall now is your chance to color a picture of this famous landmark
China is famous for its Great Wall. Now is your chance to color a picture of this famous landmark!

Chinese paper lantern
Chinese Paper Lantern color a picture of this famous landmark!

In China, they celebrate the Chinese New Year with lights, dragons,

paper crafts and lots of fireworks! These paper lanterns are one

Type of decoration used during this Chinese celebration!

What you'll need:

Construction paper, Scissors, Tape, Stapler, Ruler, Pencil,

(Glue, glitter, sequins, if desired to decorate your lantern)

How to make it:

Use your ruler to measure and cut one inch off the short end of your paper. Set aside to use as the handle.

Fold your paper in half lengthwise.

Draw a line one inch from the end of the long edge of the paper opposite the folded edge. This will be the line where you stop cutting.

Measure and mark lines one inch apart starting at the folded edge and moving towards the "stop cutting" line. (see photo)

Cut on the marked lines up to the "stop cutting" line.

Unfold the paper.

Re-crease the paper in the opposite direction. This will hide any pencil marks.

Match the long edges together on the lantern and use tape to hold it in place.

Staple the handle to the top of the lantern. (see photo)

Make as many lanterns as you wish and display them around your home.

If you wish, add glue, glitter, sequins or other things to decorate your lanterns.

Africa color a picture of this famous landmark!

Africa is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (W), Indian Ocean (E) and Europe (N)

Map pg 214

African geography
African Geography color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • Because of its harsh climate and environment Africa is hard to settle

  • There is the Sahara desert and the rain forest which prevent use of these areas

  • The northern coast and southern tip of Africa and the savannas provide areas for people to live

African culture
African Culture color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • People began as nomads – followed food

  • Then they began to farm and started communities

  • Each community was made of several families

  • Families developed beliefs and kept an oral record of their history

African culture changes
African Culture changes color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • These family groups sometimes moved from their original homes for different reasons:

    Environment (drought, volcanoes, etc)

    Economic (slavery, jobs)

    Political (religion, war, invaders)

    As they moved from one land to another they took with them their beliefs, language and history and cultures blended.

Beliefs color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • Most Africans believe in one god

  • Some also practice animism – belief that spirits play an important part in daily life

  • Some practice Christianity or Islam which were introduced by outsiders

Trade in africa 3 tribes
Trade in Africa 3 tribes color a picture of this famous landmark!

Most trade in Africa was centered around 3 tribes of people




Djenne djeno people
Djenne’-Djeno People color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • Lived on the Niger river in West Africa

  • Their land was fertile because of the location

  • They traded rice, fish and pottery for copper, gold and salt from others along the river

  • Their location gave them a route for trade by river and land

Bantu people
Bantu People color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • They traveled often because they use slash and burn farming (slash and burn the grass and mix ashes with soil)

  • This farming makes the soil fertile for only a short time then they have to move to another area

  • As they settle in an area, they traded their skills and items with others they met, married their people, shared their language and beliefs

Aksum people
Aksum People color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • Lived on the Red Sea and Blue Nile

  • Their land was fertile because of the location

  • Their location allowed them to trade with people from Egypt, Arabia, Persia, India, Rome

  • They traded salt and rhinoceros horns, tortoise shells, ivory, emeralds, and gold for cloth, glass, olive oil, wine, brass, iron and copper

African art
African Art color a picture of this famous landmark!


Paper plate, Hole punch, Scissors, String, Beads, Paper Sacks/Newspapers,

White glue, Paint, Paint brush


1. Punch 7 to 8 holes around the top half portion of the paper plate.

2. Draw and cut out a pair of eye holes.

3. Take some strips of newspaper/paper sacks. Twist and form them into a mouth and nose shape.

4. Use white glue to attach the nose and mouth to the paper plate.

5. Let the glue dry for a few minutes.

6. Paint your mask .

7. Use a different color paint to make designs on the mask. Dots and stripes are common African mask elements and they're pretty easy to make.

8. Cut string and attach to a hole on the mask. Tie it to secure it in place.

9. Put beads through each piece of string and tie a knot in the end.

10. Once you're finished, you're ready to show off your African mask.

Japan color a picture of this famous landmark!

Japan is located on Asia. It is surrounded by water

Japanese geography
Japanese Geography color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • Japan is made up of about 4000 islands

  • They have a mild climate and good rainfall in the south but there are lots of mountains and not many natural resources

  • They also have weather problems like typhoons, earthquakes and tidal waves

Japanese beliefs
Japanese Beliefs color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • Early Japan had clans

  • Each clan worshiped its own gods and goddesses

  • Eventually they developed into one religion called Shinto (way of the gods)

  • They believed that there were spirits in nature

  • Through trade with China they were introduced to Buddhism

  • Many added Buddhist ideas to their Shinto ideas

Trade in japan
Trade in Japan color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • Korea traded and traveled in Japan and brought Chinese ideas with them

  • Japan sent people to China to learn their culture

  • They adopted much from China:

    Writing Cooking Tea

    Art Gardening Hair styles

Japanese culture
Japanese Culture color a picture of this famous landmark!

  • Japan adopted many ideas from China but soon developed their own ideas too.

  • A court society arose during the Heian period. The people followed rules that controlled everything.

  • Leaders continued to fight for control.

Japanese culture1
Japanese Culture color a picture of this famous landmark!

The battle for control of Japan led to the rise of two military leadership styles:

  • Samurai Warriors – protected wealthy lords

  • Shogun – generals of the emperor’s army (soon took control and ruled through weak emperors)

Samurai warrior
Samurai Warrior color a picture of this famous landmark!

As you have learned, Samurai warriors played a very important role in early Japan. Today we will color a picture of one of these fierce warriors.