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The Caste System in Ancient India

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The Caste System in Ancient India
Kshatriya
The Kshatriya is second in the caste system although it use to be the first before the caste system was officially established. The people of Kshatriya are represented by the color red. They were originally grouped by their characteristics, which include aggression, energy and will. They also seek power, honor and status. Kshatriya is a ruler or warrior which held power in India for centuries.
Shudra
Shudras were servants and farmhands who did not own their own land or business and who were the slaved of other people in a higher class. Members of the sudras caste mostly spent their time working on the farms. They were slaves such as, barber, blacksmith or cobbler.
Brahmin
Brahmin also called Brahmana are traditional Hindu societies. The Brahman Caste is known to be the highest of the four Varnas. Brahmans are established as the group with the highest hierarchy. They are well respected and identified as the supreme big. They are expected to conserve their good behavior, and uphold their high honor.
They were in charge of defending the people and keeping justice in India. Even in present times, many of the soldiers and officers are descendents of Kshatriya families. The Kshatriya also had a very strict code of war which involved rules such as how all soldiers need rest, so they are not allowed to fight after the sunset, and are not allowed to fight until the sun rises.
Brahmans are supposed to live with very strict rules and apply them on to daily lives. They cannot perform several tasks that are necessary for everyday life. For instance, they cannot own or obtain their own food. Also, they cannot use violence to defend themselves. They must depend on other castes to perform such tasks for them. Men are usually the dominant people in this system.
Foreigners, lawbreakers, people from isolated tribes, and people suffering from contagious diseases were known as the sudras. They were often forbidden to enter temples, schools, and wells, where the caste members drew water. A shudra had no rights nor privileges.
They also had set up the roles for the families. The wife is mainly confined at home, and does not have a significant role in the family. it also states how woe are never suppose to independent, no matter the situation. The son is suppose to be the next in line to rule. The daughter is suppose to be gentle and calm, and is raised to maintain a good status.
Vaishya
Vaishya is the third in the caste system. The Vaishyas are commonly known as banias the meaning of the word is "trader". Vaishyas were mostly merchants and traders. Their color is yellow, because supposedly it links them with the south point of the compass. Members of the Vaishya are low class but are important the society.
The word Vaishya comes from the words "to live" because this caste mostly focused on farming, agriculture, and trading. The Vaishyas helped the Indian society become a strong enonomical force.
The Caste System
The Caste System is a society that was organized in ancient India. There were several castes who were interdependent, and were considered known and necessary to the entire society. There are four castes, the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Sudra. All of these castes are the superb classical division of the Hindu Society. These four castes are also well known as the Four Varna. Varna portrays the fourfold division of the society. Each one of these castes has been consigned a specific color, with its own tradition and meaning behind it.
Harijans were given this name since their jobs involved "polluting activities" and their "pollution" with who who they came into contact with. They were recognized as scheduled castes, since they were entitled to educational opportunities. However, discrimination still exists.
The harijans were at the bottom of the Hindu Caste System. Their jobs included some like washers of clothing, sweepers, and others which involved killing animals. The Harijans were originally called Untouchables or Parihas. This name as given to them by Mahatma Ghandi, a religious leader.

Harijans
Harijans were given this name since their jobs involved "polluting activities" and their "pollution" with who they came into contact with. They were recognized as schedule castes, since they were entitled to educational opportunities. However, discrimination still exists.
The Caste System in Ancient India
Kshatriya
The Kshatriya is second in the caste system although it use to be the first before the caste system was officially established. The people of Kshatriya are represented by the color red. They were originally grouped by their characteristics, which include aggression, energy and will. They also seek power, honor and status. Kshatriya is a ruler or warrior which held power in India for centuries.
Shudra
Shudras were servants and farmhands who did not own their own land or business and who were the slaved of other people in a higher class. Members of the sudras caste mostly spent their time working on the farms. They were slaves such as, barber, blacksmith or cobbler.
Brahmin
Brahmin also called Brahmana are traditional Hindu societies. The Brahman Caste is known to be the highest of the four Varnas. Brahmans are established as the group with the highest hierarchy. They are well respected and identified as the supreme big. They are expected to conserve their good behavior, and uphold their high honor.
They were in charge of defending the people and keeping justice in India. Even in present times, many of the soldiers and officers are descendents of Kshatriya families. The Kshatriya also had a very strict code of war which involved rules such as how all soldiers need rest, so they are not allowed to fight after the sunset, and are not allowed to fight until the sun rises.
Brahmans are supposed to live with very strict rules and apply them on to daily lives. They cannot perform several tasks that are necessary for everyday life. For instance, they cannot own or obtain their own food. Also, they cannot use violence to defend themselves. They must depend on other castes to perform such tasks for them. Men are usually the dominant people in this system.
They also had set up the roles for the families. The wife is mainly confined at home, and does not have a significant role in the family. it also states how woe are never suppose to independent, no matter the situation. The son is suppose to be the next in line to rule. The daughter is suppose to be gentle and calm, and is raised to maintain a good status.
Vaishya
Vaishya is the third in the caste system. The Vaishyas are commonly known as banias the meaning of the word is "trader". Vaishyas were mostly merchants and traders. Their color is yellow, because supposedly it links them with the south point of the compass. Members of the Vaishya are low class but are important the society.
The word Vaishya comes from the words "to live" because this caste mostly focused on farming, agriculture, and trading. The Vaishyas helped the Indian society become a strong enonomical force.
The Caste System
The Caste System is a society that was organized in ancient India. There were several castes who were interdependent, and were considered known and necessary to the entire society. There are five castes, the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Sudra and the Harijans. All of these castes are the superb classical division of the Hindu Society. These five castes are also well known as the Varnas. Varna portrays the fourfold division of the society. Each one of these castes has been consigned a specific color, with its own tradition and meaning behind it.
Harijans were given this name since their jobs involved "polluting activities" and their "pollution" with who who they came into contact with. They were recognized as scheduled castes, since they were entitled to educational opportunities. However, discrimination still exists.
The harijans were at the bottom of the Hindu Caste System. Their jobs included some like washers of clothing, sweepers, and others which involved killing animals. The Harijans were originally called Untouchables or Parihas. This name as given to them by Mahatma Ghandi, a religious leader.

Harijans
Harijans were given this name since their jobs involved "polluting activities" and their "pollution" with who they came into contact with. They were recognized as schedule castes, since they were entitled to educational opportunities. However, discrimination still exists.
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