South-East Asia Vocabulary

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South-East Asia Vocabulary

Buddhism: A religion or philosophy founded by Siddartha Gautama; it focuses on spiritual development and gaining enlightenment; practiced in China, Japan, Korea, and CambodiaSentence: The religion of Buddhism teaches that with the right thinking and self denial your soul will reach Nirvana.Shintoism: The ancient religion of the Japanese focusing on ancesters and spirits; it has no founder or GodSentence: Shintoism is a religion in Japan that puts emphasis upon the worship of nature.Sikhism: A monotheistic religion founded in sixteenth century India; they stress doing good actions; founded by Guru NanakSentence: People who practice the religion of Sikhism believe in reincarnation.Hinduism: the religion and culture practiced in India; they believe in reincarnation and a supreme God who takes many formsSentence: Hinduism is a religion in which the believers are governed by the doctrine of Karma.

South-East Asia Vocabulary By Josh Dudgeon

Modern: relating to the present time; not the pastSentence: The mission workers tried to make the old African school look more modern.

Caste System: the system of dividing society into heredity classesSentence: In India, it is almost impossible to move up the strict Caste System.

Mao Zedong: founder of the Chinese Communist Party (1943-1976) and Chairman of the People's Republic of China (1949-1959)Sentence: Born a peasant, Mao Zedong became one of the most powerful men in the world.

Urbanization: when a city grows and population increases, it becomes more urbanSentence: Urbanization has contributed to the loss of a vast number of small farms.

Polytheistic: the belief in many godsSentence: Ancient Greece was polytheistic, with many gods and goddesses like Ares, Athena, and Zeus.

Deity: a supernatural being or a god or goddessSentence: A diety of the ancient Romans was called a Satyr, who was half man and half goat.

Hierarchy: an arrangement of items or people put in order according to rankSentence: Many civilizations have been ruled as a hierarchy with the royalty given the most power, and the peasants given the least power.

Outsourcing: to get goods and services from an outside source or supplier because it is cheaperSentence: Outsourcing makes it possible for businesses to free-up cash, personnel, and time.

Staple (food): food that is eaten regularly and becomes a major part of the diet of an areaSentence: The staple foods of China are rice and noodles.

Monotheistic: the belief in one godSentence: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are all monotheistic religions because they worship only one god.

Sect: A religious group that is a smaller part of a larger group (section of a particular religion)Sentence: The Morman are a sect of Christianity.

Transition: a process of changing from one thing to anotherSentence: My art class made a smooth transition from drawing to painting.

Arable: land used for growing cropsSentence: The land was arable, allowing the farmer to plant successful crops.

Proverb: a short saying that gives adviceSentence: An African proverb is, "However long the night, the dawn will break."

Communism: a political theory developed by Karl Marx; all property is publicly owned and people work and are paid according to their needsSentence: China follows the economic policy of Communism where people are paid the same and the government controls what and how much businesses can produce.

Traditional: a long established way of doing something from generation to generationSentence: A traditional activity for Christians at Christmas time is to put up a Christmas tree.


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