Ancient Indus Valley: Entertainment

While flipping through the history books, you may have come across mention of the Indus Valley. More than 3,500 years ago, thousands of Indus sites once thrived, which are becoming more and more apparent through the years.


New sites are being uncovered at a steady rate, which reveal a great deal about the people who lived within these communities a long time ago. In this article, we will deal with the entertainment aspects of this ancient civilization.


With each ancient way of life, there are specific roles, traditions, practices and activities associated with these specific civilizations. While some of the remnants of the past are still seen today in the descendants of ancient civilizations, many relics of the past are left to our imagination. As we uncover more and more information about the ancient Indus Valley, we can paint a better, more accurate picture of how the past prospered, worked, played and lived.


When it comes to the way those living in the ancient Indus Valley enjoyed their free time, taking a look at the clues leading to entertainment options sheds light on the past. There are two ways to approach this topic. In regards to the way that adults enjoyed entertainment, a small statue fashioned from bronze depicts the image of a dancer, so we learn two things from this artifact. The first point reveals that ancient Indus dwellers had different forms of dance and enjoyed the act well enough to put into a piece of art. The second piece of information learned from the bronze statue is the fact that there were those who possessed a great skill in using metals to create art.


When visiting the ancient city of Mohenjo-daro, researchers and scientists descended upon the area in search of clues to the past. Eventually, the remains of a centralized pool were found. This large vessel showcased numerous steps that led down from both ends of the pool.


Some researchers surmised that the pool could have been a public gathering spot for swimmers. Others believed that the pool could have served a purpose during religious ceremonies and rituals. The large pool that was uncovered had many different rooms located about this find. The rooms were smaller, leaving one to believe that the rooms may have been some kind of dressing areas for pool visitors. Some researchers also thought that there might have even been private baths offering smaller pools for visitors.


As for the entertainment choices for children during ancient Indus Valley times, there were a few toys that were uncovered from the past. Small carts were discovered, as well as an assortment of whistles. Some of the whistles were shaped like animals, including birds. There were other examples of toys that took on the shape of another creature. What seemed to be a popular item during these times was a toy monkey that had the ability to slide down a string.