Language, Trade, Culture, Religion.
-About 400 symbols make up the language.
-The language is found on stamps and seals made of stone . (used to trade pottery and tools.)
-Some signs stand alone and others are combined into words.
Harappan Role of Religion
-Priests prayed for good harvests and safety from floods.
-Artifacts reveal links to Hindu culture.
-Figures show representations os Siva, a major Hindu god; mother goddess, fertility images, and worship of the bull.
-Traded pottery and tools.
-God and silver came from north Afghanistan.
-Semiprecious stones from Persia and Deccan Plateau were made into jewelry.
-Indus River provided excellent transportation for goods.
-Brightly colored cotton cloth was desirable for trade. (Few people knew how to grow cotton.)
-Overland routes transported goods from Persia to the Caspian Sea.