Harappan Culture

Explore ancient India


  • Over 400 characters
  • Most characters represent phonetic sounds rather than words
  • indecipherable
  • No bilingualism shown
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  • No warfare
  • Poor division of social classes
  • Animals important to culture
  • Prosperity seen through toys


  • Polytheistic, main god was Shiva (below)
  • Bull is sacred
  • Theocratic society
  • Strangely, no temples of worship found
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  • Main trade was brightly colored cotton cloth
  • Traded with Afghanistan, Persia and Mesopotamia
  • Thrived from trade
  • Indus River is major part of trade
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