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Indian Caste System

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on 19 December 2013

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Summary
The Indian Caste system were a type of social classes that people of Indian or who practiced Hinduism were born into and could not move from untill their next life. There were four varnas or levels Brahmin being at the top being the priestly class, next level down is the warrior class the Kshatriya above the Vaishya which consisted of merchants. The shudras were considered the bottom of the varnas, they were basically servants to all other classes. These excluded the untouchable who were not even considered part of the system they were so low. There was little contact between the levels that was not business, you were even not allowed to marry out of your caste. Each caste had their own dharma that they were required to live by and were thought of as sacrilehious. The goal in life was to achieve a good karma so that in their next life they would be reincarnated into a higher caste, ultimately they hoped to reach the level of Brahmin which was closest to pure Holiness
Indian Caste System by Katelyn Lutz
Interesting facts for each Caste
Visuals for each Caste
Brahmin
Shudras
Vaishyas
Kshatriya
3 jobs of the Brahmin
Brahmin often served as
*Priests and religious leaders
*Advisors or ministers to ruling chiefs/Government advisors
*They also worked as scholars and teachers
Brahmin Responsibilities
Responsibilities included
*Studying Religious texts such as Vedas
*Teaching others religious information
*Performing vedic rituals
*Practicing Dharma
Personal characteristics of Brahmin
Ideal Brahmin held the characteristics of
*Serenity
*Purity
*Intelligence
*Self-restraint
*uprightness
Brahmin
Kshatriyas
Vaishya
Sudra
Untouchable
Vaishya
* Gandhi was born into the vaishya class
*It is sinful for a Vaishya to refuse to keep cattle
Brahmin
* Brahmin are broken into 2 sections the north and south
*The brahmin caste are strict vegetarians
Kyshatriya
*The importance of the ruler was symbolized by wearing sacred clothes which marked them as having been twice born
*Buddha was born into the kshatriya caste
Sudra
*The sudra were not allowed to wear sacred threads
*Sudras are said to come from the feet of the God the castes originate and are associated with the color black
Jobs
*Soldiers/warriors
*Generals
*Kings
Responsibilities
*Study scriptures under Brahmin teachers
*Govern the land
*Protect and defend the land
Characteristics
*Firmness
*Courageous
*Good physical prowess
Jobs
*Merchants
*Agriculturalists/farming
*Cattle hearders
Responibilities
*Food production
*Commerce
*Trade
Characteristics
Hard-working
Self-sufficient
skilled
Untouchables
*Untouchables were made to use a different water well
*They were forbidden from entering temples
Jobs
*Servants
*Cobblers
*Blacksmith

Responsiblities
*Serve higher castes
*Create many different prodicts(Shoes,pottery,fabric
*Work most jobs the upper castes didn't tend to
Characteristics
*Poorer
*Hard-working
*Not very skilled or educated
Untouchables
Jobs
Leather tanne
*Sweepers
*A type of garbage men
Responsibilities
*Leatherwork
*Clean pollution/Waste
*Working with Dead animals(butchers)
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Characteristics
*Very dirty
*Poor
*Socially avoided
*Sickly
*Most likely smelly
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