Agriculture and cattle rearing
were the main occupation.
Other common occupations were
chariot-making , pottery-making, weaving, jewellery-making, metal-work, carpentry, tanning and fishing.
Many people were
. Besides conducting religious ceremonies,
priests also acted as teachers and doctors.
passed on the knowledge of the Vedas t
o the children.
- They also had considerable knowledge about medicinal herbs and plants.
Dasas / Dasyus
Besides the Aryans, there was another group of people whom the Aryans called the
‘dasas’ or ‘dasyus’.
Their culture was different from that of Aryans. They also
spoke a different language.
- Most of the dasas were perhaps e nslaved and so the term ‘dasa ’ , l ater came to mean slave . Most dasas had to do whatever work was given to them by their masters.