Indus Valley's Culture

Claire, Corey, and Ashley

Culture Introduction

Culture is the way of living of a group. It consists of small traditions, religion, holidays, and more. The ancient people and people today have culture because it gives a group a distinct, unique way of living. Culture impacted Indus Valley because of religion. The caste system impacted people because if someone was in a certain group, they may not’ve been allowed to even talk to them. Writing impacted their culture because it gave people a way to keep records. Architecture impacted the Indian’s culture because they built cities, which had buildings made of the usual for Indus: baked mud bricks. Innovations impacted their culture. One innovation in particular is standard weights. This even affects the lives of current people. Finally, achievements affected culture of the people of ancient Indus Valley. One of these achievements is these people were very smart for their time. They used math and science almost daily. The culture developments during the River Valley civilizations made the largest impact on the people.

Indus Valley Photo Gallery

Religion in Indus


Writing System of Indus

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Architecture of Indus

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Innovations of Indus

  • The people of ancient Indus standardized a measurement system. The important part of this was that they could use it throughout their daily lives. Some people even used it in their job, like sailors.

  • The people of Indus designed the standard of weights. They were the first to come up with this. They used it to weigh goods that they would sell or trade. Clearly, this then impacted economics.

  • Ancient Indus had indoor plumbing. It was found mainly in houses of the upper class. This allowed for them to have a more comfortable lifestyle.

Achievements of Indus

  • Indus Valley created their own language and writing system. The writing system made things such as keeping records easier for businesses and other people. Creating their own language made it easier to communicate with each other. Language made many things easier for the people of ancient Indus Valley.

  • They had plumbing inside their houses. This was something the upper class had, because it was an uncommon thing. Plumbing inside houses meant indoor bathrooms, washing clothes inside, and getting water inside their houses. If they didn’t have indoor plumbing, they would have to go outside to do these chores. Because they didn't have to do these chores if they had indoor plumbing, they had more time to do their jobs.

  • The people of Indus Valley made pottery, jewelry, cotton clothes, and ivory. Pottery was one of the best things they made. They used the pottery for multiple things. Decoration, holding and carrying things, and sometimes they would sell it. Cotton clothes were good for the cold weather because they were made out of heavy material. They traded some of these items with other civilizations. They also sold cotton for money. Jewelry was very commonly worn by the woman of Indus. They thought it made them look richer.

Culture Conclusion

The improvement of culture in ancient Indus Valley had the biggest effect on its people. First of all, religion impacted Indus Valley because they had to set aside time daily to pray. Writing impacted Indus Valley because they were able to keep track of things that had happened, or keep records. Architecture impacted Indus Valley because citadels protected them, and their village from most types of danger. Innovations impacted Indus Valley because they made life more organized. For example, the standard of weights was used to weigh goods that they would trade or sell. Finally, achievements impacted Indus Valley because some of them, such as creating indoor plumbing, gave them a more comfortable lifestyle. Culture had such a big impact on the River Valley Civilizations and their people because it made each group distinct from another. Culture also gave them a guideline for the way they should live their lives depending on their beliefs. Culture is one component of what makes one group different from another.