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Rachel Udin
08-13-2012, 09:56 PM
Because I'm navigating blind here, so I need a quiz/poll thing to see what is and isn't common knowledge.

PLEASE put the ANSWERS in YELLOW that way other people won't see and I can highlight your answers.

Here are a list of terms, do you know what they are without using almighty Google/other search engine?

Vishnu
Lakshmi
Rama
Sita
sari
saag
guru
daal
chapati
ashram
biryani
cumin
turmeric
odhni
cardamom
cloves
Kushan Empire
Buddhism
Brahmin
Ahura Mazda
The Silk Road

Thanks.

TudorRose
08-13-2012, 10:15 PM
Hi Rachel - very basic answers below. I'm in the UK.

Vishnu - god
Lakshmi - goddess
Rama - god
Sita - goddess
sari - female attire
saag - spinach dish
guru - wise man/instructor (religious)
daal - lentil dish
chapati - flatbread (chickpea flour?)
ashram - commune / spiritual retreat
biryani - rice dish
cumin - brown spice
turmeric - spice (from root?) that gives curry distinctive yellow colour
odhni -
cardamom - spice - green seed pod
cloves - black spice (derived from flower?)
Kushan Empire -
Buddhism - religion
Brahmin - caste
Ahura Mazda -
The Silk Road - trade route linking Asia and Europe

/end

WildScribe
08-13-2012, 10:16 PM
Vishnu
Lakshmi
sari
guru
cumin
turmeric
cardamom
cloves
Buddhism
Brahmin
The Silk Road

Anninyn
08-13-2012, 10:21 PM
Vishnu Hindu God. Head God?
Lakshmi Goddess, yes? I want to say beauty or fertility, but I'm probably wrong.
Rama Definitely God.
Sita A traditonal indian name
sari Traditonal indian womens clothing. Usually made of ornate, colourful silk.
saag Indian dish - spinach? I just know I like saag aloo.
guru Leader, wise man.
daal Lentil dish
chapati Bread.
ashram Not sure.
biryani Indian dish with tomatos and onions.
cumin Spice.
turmeric Spice. Yellow, hot and bitter.
odhni Nope, sorry.
cardamom Spice. I prefer the pods.
cloves Spice. Good in mulled wine.
Kushan Empire Nope.
Buddhism Belief system.
Brahmin Holy man? Leader??
Ahura Mazda nOPE.
The Silk Road The route used by traders, many years ago.

Thanks.

Mr Flibble
08-13-2012, 10:24 PM
I knew all except odhni and ahura mazda

But it'd be an odd Brit who didn't know at least the food ones - I'm having 3 of them for dinner.

Dave Hardy
08-13-2012, 10:27 PM
Because I'm navigating blind here, so I need a quiz/poll thing to see what is and isn't common knowledge.

Thanks.

I'll PM you with my answer. I'm not sure I count as common since C Asia is a favorite topic of mine.

firedrake
08-13-2012, 10:32 PM
Vishnu
Lakshmi
Rama
Sita
sari Traditional dress worn by Indian women, consists of short top, skirt and sash
saag Spinach
guru Holy Man
daal Lentil dish
chapati Flat bread made from flour and water, best eaten fresh, tend to made in big batches
ashram A retreat for meditating
biryani It's a curry, usually with the rice added. It's quite a 'dry' dish.
cumin A spice, adds some heat and great flavour. A component of most curries
turmeric Another spice, yellow and used in a lot of curries. It stains!
odhni
cardamom Another ingredient. Dried seed pods added whole to curries or also ground up and used. The flavour is different from the whole seeds, which tend to have a 'fresher' flavour.
cloves Another spice, one of the spices used a lot. Usually added at the beginning, into a dry hot pan, the heat releases the flavours
Kushan Empire
Buddhism religion based around the teachings of Buddha.
Brahmin
Ahura Mazda
The Silk Road Actually more than one. Major trade routes across India, what is now Pakistan, into former 'asian' republics of Soviet Union and China. One of the main trading stops was Kashgar in Western China, in the Siankang region. I've travelled part of the road and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I can also recommend a couple of good books.

Snick
08-13-2012, 10:34 PM
Because I'm navigating blind here, so I need a quiz/poll thing to see what is and isn't common knowledge.

PLEASE put the ANSWERS in YELLOW that way other people won't see and I can highlight your answers.

Here are a list of terms, do you know what they are without using almighty Google/other search engine?

Vishnu The number two god
Lakshmi a common feminine given name
Rama A culture hero, soee the Ramanana of TulsiDas
Sita Idon't know
sari A feminine garment
saag I have never seen this form, but it appears to be something about saying
guru a teacher
daal
chapati a flat bread
ashram a religious retreat house or school
biryani
cumin a spice
turmeric a spice
odhni
cardamom a spice
cloves a spice
Kushan Empire an empire from Afghanistan that conquered India
Buddhism the moral philosophy dreamed up by Siddhartha Gautama
Brahmin the highest caste of the Hindu religion/culture
Ahura Mazda The Persian chief God, not called Ormuzd by the Parsees, the only followers of that religion
The Silk Road a collection of caravan trails from the Levant to China

Thanks.

I almost wonder what the few that I don't know mean.

sciencewarrior
08-13-2012, 10:59 PM
I realized I know very, very little about India. :D

Vishnu - the main deity in Hinduism
Lakshmi, Rama - the deities that complete the main Hindu trinity
sari - a common item of clothing
guru - a spiritual teacher
cloves - a plant
Buddhism - a spiritual tradition that heavily influenced Asian religions and philosophy schools
Brahmin - a holy man
The Silk Road - the ancient trade route from Europe to the Far East


EDIT: I got at least one wrong, there. My excuse is being from Brazil.

Trebor1415
08-13-2012, 11:01 PM
I'm in the U.S.

I recognize and know the spices, the religion, and the Silk Road (althought I don't knew the exact details on that). Oh, I also know the one that is an article of clothing.

Sorry for no yellow, but I have no clue how to do that.

rugcat
08-13-2012, 11:15 PM
In the US

Here are the ones I don't know, but don't forget that the writers on AW might be more conversant with such things than are the general public.


Sita
saag
odhni
Ahura Mazda

HarryHoskins
08-14-2012, 12:26 AM
Me be from the England. Me also be white. Me also be a drunkard. Hope that helps.

Vishnu - A Hindu God
Lakshmi - Not known to this reporter
Rama - A Hindu King?
Sita - Not known to this reporter
sari - Wrap dress
saag - Spinach
guru - Spirtual leader/adviser
daal - Lentils
chapati - Thin fried bread
ashram - House/meeting for spiritual congress
biryani - Rice based dish
cumin - Herb
turmeric - Herb
odhni - Not known to this reporter
cardamom - Herby seed?
cloves - Herby flora
Kushan Empire - Not known to this reporter
Buddhism - Religion
Brahmin - Highest caste
Ahura Mazda - Not known to this reporter
The Silk Road - Trade route?

jaksen
08-14-2012, 05:00 AM
Vishnu a god
Lakshmi another god, female
Rama another god, male
Sita
sari form of dress for females
saag
guru wise, religious leader
daal
chapati
ashram religious retreat or place of retreat
biryani
cumin spice
turmeric spice
odhni
cardamom spice
cloves spice
Kushan Empire
Buddhism religion
Brahmin the highest of the castes, or referring to this caste
Ahura Mazda
The Silk Road route merchants took 100's of years ago to China, maybe

Chasing the Horizon
08-14-2012, 05:31 AM
Vishnu -- Deity in Hinduism
Lakshmi -- Deity
guru -- leader of some kind
cumin -- spice? Food? something like that
cloves -- Spice. Very good in ham.
Buddhism -- Major religion.
The Silk Road -- Old trade route between Europe and India.

Those are the only ones I'd ever heard before. And you probably won't find many who know less about India than I do, lol.

LJD
08-14-2012, 05:31 AM
Vishnu god
Lakshmi god
Rama god?
Sita
sari type of clothing
saag spinach dish
guru expert?
daal lentil dish
chapati type of bread
ashram
biryani rice dish
cumin spice
turmeric spice
odhni
cardamom spice
cloves spice
Kushan Empire
Buddhism a religion
Brahmin
Ahura Mazda
The Silk Road trading route

cornflake
08-14-2012, 05:49 AM
Vishnu god
Lakshmi godess, vishnu's patootie
Rama god
Sita goddess, rama's babe-a-rooni ;)
sari garment
saag spinach dish
guru a spiritual ... er.. guru, heh. teacher like, rabbi!
daal lentil dish
chapati flatbread
ashram spiritual ...sanctuary
biryani rice with stuff (veg biryani, chicken biryani, etc.) and spices
cumin spice
turmeric spice and yellow colouring
odhni got me there
cardamom spice, pods
cloves spice, this is less indian than international just btw, very common in western baking and some savoury cooking
Kushan Empire uhm... like the kush kingdom?
Buddhism a system of belief centered around the search for knowledge, enlightenment, peace, happiness
Brahmin the hindu... caste, class, group
Ahura Mazda got me
The Silk Road the trade route connecting asia to europe - i went to grammar school you know! ;)



Now I worry I was wrong.

Rufus Coppertop
08-14-2012, 06:10 AM
Vishnu - a god. Vishnu the Preserver (where Brahma is the creator and Shiva, the destroyer)
Lakshmi - a goddess. Wife of Vishnu.
Rama - another god
Sita - ?
sari - lady's garment
saag - ?
guru - teacher, spiritual mentor
daal - gooey food
chapati - nice food. Flat bread, probably garlicky
ashram - yoga venue with lots of swamis and a guru
biryani - ?
cumin - a spice
turmeric - a spice
odhni - ?
cardamom - a spice
cloves - a spice
Kushan Empire - ???
Buddhism - religion founded by Sakyamuni who was born in Lumbini in present Nepal.
Brahmin - highest caste within Hinduism. Many Brahmins became Buddhist monks.
Ahura Mazda - Zoroastrian deity
The Silk Road - trade route from China to the Middle East which passed through parts of Northern India

Sunflowerrei
08-14-2012, 09:53 AM
Vishnu god
Lakshmigoddess of gold. Vishnu's wife?
Ramagod
Sitagoddess
sariarticle of clothing. Usually made of silk. Wrapped around the body and worn with a pair of trousers underneath.
saag Don't know
guruA spiritual leader
daalfood
chapatifood. Bread.
ashramplace of refuge
biryanivegetable mixture. food.
cuminspice
turmericspice
odhnidon't know
cardamomspice.
clovesflower
Kushan Empire
BuddhismWay of spiritual being founded by Siddhartha when he sat under a tree. Aim is to draw away from earthly concerns and away from reincarnation to attain nirvana and buddhahood. Note: My mother is a Buddhist.
BrahminHighest caste
Ahura MazdaDon't know.
The Silk RoadAncient trade route through Central Asia

anguswalker
08-14-2012, 12:04 PM
I'm not the best test as I lived in India for 2 years. However I am also a teacher in the UK so have a fairly good idea of what teenagers anyway know and don't know, and I think most adults would be similar. So here goes (in yellow)


Vishnu , Lakshmi, Rama, Sita, Buddhism, Brahmin- anyone would remember from RE at school if nothing else.

saag, daal, chapati, biryani, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, cloves- certainly anyone from a UK city would know as they are on sale anywhere and appear on Indian takeaway menus

sari, guru- I'm pretty sure everyone knows. They are in common usage

ashram- older people maybe. From the hippy generation

The Silk Road- probably most would remember from history lessons

Kushan Empire, Ahura Mazda- pretty unlikely to be known

odhni- I'm afraid I don't know myself. Is it the same as an oDhani (ओढ़नी)?

boron
08-14-2012, 12:38 PM
Here:

Vishnu - god
Lakshmi
Rama - god
Sita
sari - women's cloth
saag
guru - spiritual leader
daal - lentils (food)
chapati - unleavened bread
ashram
biryani
cumin - spice
turmeric - spice
odhni
cardamom
cloves - spice
Kushan Empire
Buddhism - religion
Brahmin
Ahura Mazda
The Silk Road

Snick
08-14-2012, 04:22 PM
Have you compiled the replies and arrived at a conclusion?

It appears to me that you can do almost anything with Ahura Mazda, because so few know who he was. You might toss Ahriman in also.

Flicka
08-14-2012, 04:33 PM
I'm on my phone and can't be bothered with typing out the answers but I knew all of them. Former history/history of religion major though so I may not be common (but seriously, Ahura Mazda? I would have assumed that was common knowledge). If it matters I'm in Sweden.

Friendly Frog
08-14-2012, 04:42 PM
Vishnu - god, one of three
Lakshmi - goddess, of luck and fertility among others if I'm not mistaken
Rama - god or hero or both, I never remember
Sita - - mythological figure, don't know more
sari - traditional clothing
saag - /
guru - wise man or instructor
daal - /
chapati - /
ashram - /
biryani - /
cumin - spice
turmeric - /
odhni - /
cardamom - flowering herb
cloves - spice
Kushan Empire - I know the Kushite empire but that's in Africa so probably not this one
Buddhism - religion
Brahmin - high caste
Ahura Mazda - high god, but I connect him to zoroastrism in Asia Minor
The Silk Road - Ancient trade route between west and east

I actually knew Ahura Mazda! (I feel proud) Although I didn't know he featured in India.

Snick
08-14-2012, 07:35 PM
Just for curiousity, what are you planning? That period i Indian history and the Yuezhi are largely unknown. Unknown not just by most people, but the records are fragmentary. You might suggest that the Yuezhi promoted themselves to the Brahmin caste, which is why the White Huns disappeared from human ken or something else as interesting.

Rachel Udin
08-14-2012, 08:06 PM
Just for curiousity, what are you planning? That period i Indian history and the Yuezhi are largely unknown. Unknown not just by most people, but the records are fragmentary. You might suggest that the Yuezhi promoted themselves to the Brahmin caste, which is why the White Huns disappeared from human ken or something else as interesting.

By that time Kujula Kadphises had taken over most of the Sakas territory, though not all the way into Ayodhya (He will in the following year). From my research, back then the majority of the ruling class were either Buddhist or Zoroastrian. (There is a pretty strong case for at least one of his Queens being Zoroastrian. IIRC she was Persian/Bactrian.)

Saris came in with the Kushan Empire (though I doubt this is a fact most people will know) as a borrowing from Bactrian/Greece. They also brought in tailored clothing. The food would have been Aruvedic for Buddhists and Hindus.

I doubt the Yuezhi promoted themselves to the Brahmin caste, since later the royal family they became Buddhist, sometimes really hardcore as in the case of Kanishka. Kujula could have been Zoroastrian--there is debate about that, though. Besides, Brahmins can't rule by the rules of the caste system.

It is fragmented, but not impossible. I found the majority of the info I needed save the furniture, but there wasn't much furniture in digs to be had, so... I think I'm safe just mentioning basics like table, chairs, bed.

Further questions, you can direct to PM...

And and thanks for answering. It helped a lot. Great Britain seemed to be stronger than the US on Indian terms. O.o;; Didn't quite expect that so strongly. If you want your answers checked for whatever reason you can PM me if you're that deathly curious... though the other answers collectively should answer it for you.

Snick
08-14-2012, 08:20 PM
It looks like an interesting collection of ideas.




[QUOTE]
It is fragmented, but not impossible. I found the majority of the info I needed save the furniture, but there wasn't much furniture in digs to be had, so... I think I'm safe just mentioning basics like table, chairs, bed.


I think that you are perfectly safe on that. I would think that the Yuezhi, Tocharians, etc. adopted some of the customs that they encountered; although they had the sme culture as the Huns early on.

I wonder how they adapted to the civilization of India.

Rachel Udin
08-14-2012, 10:37 PM
It looks like an interesting collection of ideas.


I think that you are perfectly safe on that. I would think that the Yuezhi, Tocharians, etc. adopted some of the customs that they encountered; although they had the sme culture as the Huns early on.

I wonder how they adapted to the civilization of India.
If you're curious there is always: http://books.google.com/books?id=DguGWP0vGY8C&pg=PA322&lpg=PA322&d#v=onepage&q&f=false Published in 1999. Pretty much goes over the whole migration.

Snick
08-14-2012, 10:40 PM
If you're curious there is always: http://books.google.com/books?id=DguGWP0vGY8C&pg=PA322&lpg=PA322&d#v=onepage&q&f=false Published in 1999. Pretty much goes over the whole migration.

Thanks, it is something that I was interested in in the past, but there wasn't much material available. I also hadn't known about the Chinese account of the Yuezhi.

rugcat
08-14-2012, 10:55 PM
It appears to me that you can do almost anything with Ahura Mazda, because so few know who he was. You might toss Ahriman in also.I'm thinking this could be a great marketing campaign for a new, powerful, sports car:

The Mazda Ahura

Snick
08-15-2012, 12:14 AM
I'm thinking this could be a great marketing campaign for a new, powerful, sports car:

The Mazda Ahura

Which would even beat the Ahriman. I think that the few Parsees in the country would really raise Hell, or whatever they call the underworld.

StephanieFox
08-15-2012, 06:19 AM
Because I'm navigating blind here, so I need a quiz/poll thing to see what is and isn't common knowledge.

PLEASE put the ANSWERS in YELLOW that way other people won't see and I can highlight your answers.

Here are a list of terms, do you know what they are without using almighty Google/other search engine?

Vishnu A major deity.
Lakshmi Goddess of prosperity
Rama In the trinity w/ Rama
Sita Not sure
sari A sort of dress make out of one piece of cloth
saag a food but I can't remember exactly what
guru religious leader
daal lentils
chapati bread
ashram Hindu religious monastary
biryani
cumin a spice, from the seed of the herb coriander
turmeric a spice, sometimes used in place of saffron
odhni not sure
cardamom another spice.
cloves a spice. The spices you've mentioned can make curry.
Kushan Empire
Buddhism A religion that originated in India but practice in China, etc.
Brahmin King
Ahura Mazda Not sure.
The Silk Road Trading route from India. It was thriving until many of the outposts were closed down when everyone in them died of the plague.

Thanks.

I know most of these, especially the foods and the religious references. I'm from the USA but cook curries a lot. I also know who Kali Ma is.

Lil
08-15-2012, 05:00 PM
From an American whose eduction was almost entirely Eurocentric:

Vishnu a god
Lakshmia godess
Ramaa god
Sita?
sariwoman's garment, long oblong of silk
saag?
guruteacher
daallentils
chapatibread
ashrama sort of hermitage
biryanisomething to eat
cumina spice
turmerica spice
odhni?
cardamoma spice
clovesa spice
Kushan Empire?
Buddhismethical system of belief
BrahminHindu caste
Ahura MazdaZoroastrian god
The Silk Roadtrade route

frimble3
08-16-2012, 01:23 AM
Because I'm navigating blind here, so I need a quiz/poll thing to see what is and isn't common knowledge.

PLEASE put the ANSWERS in YELLOW that way other people won't see and I can highlight your answers.

Here are a list of terms, do you know what they are without using almighty Google/other search engine?

Vishnu deity
Lakshmi deity (female?)
Rama deity or hero or both
Sita deity or wife of Rama
sari clothing (length of cloth, wrapped over a skirt/blouse and thrown over a shoulder)
saag food
guru teacher/wise person
daal food - lentils, I think
chapati food - flatbread
ashram school/commune
biryani food
cumin spice
turmeric spice/yellow colouring
odhni no idea
cardamom spice
cloves spice
Kushan Empire no idea, a historic political entity?
Buddhism a religion or belief system
Brahmin member of the upper caste
Ahura Mazda deity, a solar deity from Persia, I think. Zoroastranism?
The Silk Road Major trade route between China and the West (or at least the Middle-Eastern Part of the West)

Thanks.
A very interesting quiz. I can only hope that I didn't consistently spell 'deity' as 'diety'

Trebor1415
08-16-2012, 09:16 AM
Great Britain seemed to be stronger than the US on Indian terms.

That is not surprising to me at all. India used to be a British colony. And, as a generalization, most people in the U.S. know very little about other countries. Heck, I know people who don't know that milk comes in bags in Canada or that they speak French in Quebec.

If anything, I'd think the responses in the AW forum would skew towards the more knowledgeable. Same thing as if you asked a group of "Jeopardy" winners to ID U.S. presidents or famous scientists. By selecting the group to a large degree you select the responses.

RichardGarfinkle
08-16-2012, 11:59 AM
If anything, I'd think the responses in the AW forum would skew towards the more knowledgeable.

It's even more extreme. This question in the research forum skews toward people who will answer research questions about India. The self selection make the data unreliable for determining the knowledge level of a prospective audience.

Lil
08-16-2012, 04:57 PM
It's even more extreme. This question in the research forum skews toward people who will answer research questions about India. The self selection make the data unreliable for determining the knowledge level of a prospective audience.

At the same time, the prospective audience for a book about India is likely to be made up of people who know something about it or who are interested in learning something about it. I don't know about the rest of you, but much of what I know about the world had come from reading, both fiction and nonfiction.

Why would any author assume that readers are ignorant fools?

Thump
08-16-2012, 05:08 PM
Full disclosure: I lived in India for four years so I really should know a lot more about each of these than I do... In my defense, I was a teenager.

Vishnu: a Hindu god
Lakshmi: Hindu goddess (wife of Vishnu I think?)
Rama: a Hindu god
Sita: Hindu goddess
sari: one of the traditional dress items, cloth wrapped over the body, women's.
saag: spinach?
guru: a Sikh religious figure
daal: a dish made of lentils, also, lentils themselves
chapati: flatbread not unlike a real Mexican tortilla
ashram: a temple/place they go for religious purposes
biryani: a rice dish
cumin: spice
turmeric: spice
odhni: no idea...
cardamom: spice
cloves: spice
Kushan Empire: historical period?
Buddhism: philosophy
Brahmin: a member of the religious caste
Ahura Mazda: no idea
The Silk Road: the journey caravans took to get silk from Asia to Europe over land.

Snick
08-16-2012, 05:09 PM
That is not surprising to me at all. India used to be a British colony. And, as a generalization, most people in the U.S. know very little about other countries. Heck, I know people who don't know that milk comes in bags in Canada or that they speak French in Quebec.
.

It was my understanding that they spoke Quebecois in Quebec.

Thump
08-16-2012, 05:14 PM
It was my understanding that they spoke Quebecois in Quebec.

Just like they speak American in the US :D

Although admittedly, the difference between Quebec French and France French are a bit more noticeable than the diff between American English and English English.

I have experience of all of these, yay! I don't get to say that as often as I wish I did :D

Kenzie
08-16-2012, 05:32 PM
Vishnu - Hindu deity
Lakshmi - Vishnu's wife / companion
Rama - an incarnation of Vishnu
Sita- Rama's wife
sari - garment worn by women
saag - spinach
guru - a spiritual leader
daal - a mild curry made from lentils
chapati - a flat, floury bread
ashram - a place to learn spiritual practices, especially yoga
biryani - a rice dish
cumin - a spice
turmeric - a spice
odhni - this one I don't know
cardamom - a spice
cloves - a spice
Kushan Empire - Not sure, but I would hazard a guess that it is an ancient name for a part of India
Buddhism - a religion that follows the teachings of Buddha
Brahmin - the highest caste
Ahura Mazda - don't know this one
The Silk Road - the old trading route / transport of goods from China to Europe (I think!)

My father was a Hare Krishna, so some of my knowledge comes from that.

Snick
08-16-2012, 06:38 PM
Just like they speak American in the US :D

Although admittedly, the difference between Quebec French and France French are a bit more noticeable than the diff between American English and English English.

I have experience of all of these, yay! I don't get to say that as often as I wish I did :D

I posted thaat mostly as a joke, but the difference between Quebecois and Parisian is huge. I am not familiar with the other regional versions of French, but I have been told that Parisians sometimes mistake people from the Rhone valley for Americans, and people from somewhaere else for Quebecoises. So the degree of difference is variable.

lac582
08-17-2012, 03:58 AM
Vishnu - a Hindu God
Lakshmi - a Hindu Goddess, associated with good fortune
Rama - a king?
Sita
sari - an article of clothing worn by a woman
saag - spinach/greens
guru - a mentor in a spiritual practice, a yogi
daal - lentils
chapati - a type of bread
ashram
biryani - a rice dish
cumin - a spice made of ground seeds
turmeric - a yellow spice made of a root
odhni
cardamom - a spice made of an aromatic seed
cloves - a spice
Kushan Empire
Buddhism - a non-theistic religion, beliefs vary depending on the tradition, but focuses on accepting human suffering and learning to let go of attachments
Brahmin
Ahura Mazda
The Silk Road - a historical trade route

Julie Reilly
08-17-2012, 06:20 PM
I am British so we learned about stuff in school that possibly Americans might not be so familiar with - RE and all that.

Vishnu - A Hindu god
Lakshmi - Another Hindu god I think
Rama - I vaguely remember reading a story about him in RE - wasn't he a prince?
Sita - Not sure, again, vaguely remember reading a story in RE
sari - something a woman wears made out of a long piece of cloth wrapped around her.
saag - some kind of curry? I've heard of saag aloo
guru - a wise/holy man - I remember learning about Guru Gobind Singh in RE, and there were others but I don't remember their names
daal - no idea
chapati - a type of flat bread - possibly deep-fried?
ashram - it sounds familiar but I don't know what it is.
biryani - a type of Indian food - I don't like Indian food so I'm not entirely sure - others would probably know.
cumin - a spice
turmeric - a spice
odhni - no idea
cardamom - a spice - made from pods I think
cloves - a small pod thing that is used in food, can also be chewed I think
Kushan Empire - never heard of it
Buddhism - one of the major world religions. Started with Buddha who was a teacher, not a god and is basically about being nice to people. One of the more sensible religions, unlike the ones that tell you to kill people who don't agree with you.
Brahmin - the highest caste in the caste system
Ahura Mazda - no idea. Mazda make cars don't they :)
The Silk Road - no idea although it does sound familiar - something to do with Buddhism?

Julie Reilly
08-17-2012, 06:33 PM
OK, having now read everyone else's answers I am ashamed that I am the only person who didn't know what The Silk Road was. I obviously didn't pay enough attention in history.

Xelebes
08-17-2012, 08:45 PM
Vishnu - Hindu God
Lakshmi - heard of it, can't tell much. Hindu God.
Rama - Hindu God. Various pop culture references to this one.
Sita - Capitalised. I'm guessing Hindu God.
sari - woman's dress
saag - not a clue
guru - sage
daal - word rings a bell, but not its meaning.
chapati - heard of it, but no idea
ashram - no idea
biryani - no idea
cumin - spice I see on the store shelves. Never tasted it, I think.
turmeric - spice I have in my spice rack but never use.
odhni - no idea
cardamom - spice I see on the store shelves.
cloves - use it all the time in soups.
Kushan Empire - it's an empire, I take it.
Buddhism - roughly non-theist religion, many pacifist strains, has many statues to the guy. Had statues torn down in Afghanistan.
Brahmin - something to do with Buddhism.
Ahura Mazda - Zoroastrian god from the Atemanekhen (sp? - like way off? of course) Dynasty of the Persian Empire
The Silk Road - important piece of history. It's the reason why the city of Aleppo in Syria has been around so long, along with Babylon, Ninevah, Jerusalem, Petra, Baghdad, Ur and so on.

Orion11Bravo
08-17-2012, 10:27 PM
Hate to be the survey police, but...

I get the sense that if a person were to not know some or all of those things, that they just wouldn't post...and the people who do know, are eager to tell...I'm not sure if this is a good test of what the general public knows about India (or those terms, in particular).

Julie Reilly
08-17-2012, 10:48 PM
Hate to be the survey police, but...

I get the sense that if a person were to not know some or all of those things, that they just wouldn't post..

Well, as the vast majority of respondents have happily admitted to not knowing several of these things, myself, including, one might venture to suggest that your sense is incorrect on this occasion.


I'm not sure if this is a good test of what the general public knows about India (or those terms, in particular).

This is probably true, as others have pointed out. Not for the reasons you give, but for the fact that the knowledge level of members of AW is probably not indicative of the knowledge level of the general public.

Snick
08-17-2012, 11:50 PM
Hate to be the survey police, but...

I get the sense that if a person were to not know some or all of those things, that they just wouldn't post...and the people who do know, are eager to tell...I'm not sure if this is a good test of what the general public knows about India (or those terms, in particular).

I don't think that was the idea. The original poster mentioned in a later post that she was more interested in people who might have enough interest to strt reading the book. I must say that I would read it, if I ran across it, and I also knew most of the terms, including Kushan Empire.

Orion11Bravo
08-18-2012, 04:45 AM
I don't think that was the idea. The original poster mentioned in a later post that she was more interested in people who might have enough interest to strt reading the book. I must say that I would read it, if I ran across it, and I also knew most of the terms, including Kushan Empire.

That makes sense...I should have read closer. As punishment, I hereby ban myself from AW for a period of no less than 12 hours.

Snick
08-18-2012, 06:32 PM
That makes sense...I should have read closer. As punishment, I hereby ban myself from AW for a period of no less than 12 hours.

Fine, then until tomorrow morning.

Keyan
08-19-2012, 01:26 PM
Am I the only one who knows what an odhni is? (I'm from India.)

Snick
08-20-2012, 05:04 PM
Am I the only one who knows what an odhni is? (I'm from India.)

a cloth wrap or veil tucked into and partly draped around a skirt before going over torso or head?