The words India and Hindu come from Indus. Indus relate to the Indus River that now lies in Pakistan, but originally formed the natural border or northwestern India, which helped establish Hinduism as the oldest living religion. Harappa culture, named after one of its ancient cities, refers to the period before 2000 BCE when archeological workers uncovered the ancient culture.
Archeologists also found amazing types of civilization; the cities consisted of regular streets and solid brick houses, while the houses contained pots, and coins. In fact, there was evidence that running water was used for toilets and baths. A historian says, “no other ancient civilization until that of the Romans has so efficient system of drains”. Aside from lifestyle, this culture has also created a writing system. Philosophy, religion, and customs were recorded in their sacred text: Vedas. Initially, it was passed down by word of mouth from teacher to student, and soon after, it was written down.
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