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It is believed that life continues beyond the grave, in a land where each of the uyus has its individual abode. When one dies, his or her soul is taken to the domain of the uyu who was the cause of death. An individual enjoys the same status and life-style that he or she had while alive. For this reason the deceased is provided with food, drink, possessions, and other tools and provisions to ensure comfort in the afterlife. Bibliography Chowdhury, J. N. (1971). A Comparative Study of Adi Religion.
For many centuries after their arrival in the IndoGangetic Plain, the Aryans lived as horsemen and cattle herders, clearing patches in the forests and inhabiting small villages, rather than living in the ancient towns that their ancestors had probably helped bring to ruin. ) did Aryan towns begin to emerge; this development presumes a background of settled farming in the plains by that era. There has been much speculation about the subsequent development of northern Indian society and the Aryans' further colonization of the subcontinent; about relations between them and the conquered "Dasas" or "Dasyu" (names meaning "slaves" and probably referring to remnants of the earlier Indus Valley population); and about the rise of the caste system.
The cause of this migration is unknown, although natural causes and political upheaval have been sug. gested as possible catalysts. It is also not known whether they migrated as a solid body at a single point in history, or in smaller subgroups over a period of several hundred years. Between 1847 and 1862, the British government tried unsuccessfully to conquer all ofAbor territory. Following the failure of several military endeavors, a treaty was reached that guaranteed limited British hegemony and uninhibited trade and communication on the frontier.
Encyclopedia of World Cultures: South Asia by David Levinson