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Ancient India's Caste System

By Aaron, Ethan, and Kalp

Kalp Mathur

on 21 September 2012

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Ancient India's Caste System Brahmans Kshyatriyas Vaisyas Sudras Brahmans Priests- people
authorized to perform
rituals towards the
gods Scholars- educated
people Kshyatriyas Soldiers- people chosen by the king to protect the land and its people Warriors- people who have shown great
courage in battle Vaisyas Merchants- business
people who trade to earn
a profit Professionals- people who
are experts at their work What is a Caste System? A caste system is a type of social
structure which divides people
on the basis of inherited social status. Brahmans are the highest caste and contain people like
priests and scholars. Kshatriyas are the second highest caste
and contain people like warriors and soldiers. Vaisyas are the third highest caste and
contain people like merchants and professionals. Sudras By Aaron, Ethan, and Kalp Laborers- people engaged in work
that requires bodily strength rather than skill or training Servants- people in the service of
other people Sudras are the lowest caste and contain
people like laborers and servants. Untouchables Untouchables Sweepers- people who sweep the
streets "Latrine" Cleaners- people who
cleaned other people's toilets Untouchables are considered out of the caste system because they are what people call "the worst of the worst." They contain people like
sweepers and "latrine" cleaners. Relationship with Hinduism Hinduism preaches Karma & Dharma.
Karma means actions and Dharma means one's responsibilities.
Karma & Dharma also form the basis of the Caste system as your actions or Karma decided your caste in next life. If your Karma follows your Dharma, then you get born in a higher caste. If your Karma doesn't follow your Dharma, then you get born in a lower caste. Sources http://www.everyculture.com/South-Asia/Castes-Hindu.html
The 6th Grade Social Studies Textbook
Kalp's Dad Fun Facts Krishna (Hindu God) was born as a Kshatriya but raised as a Vaisya
There was an early Vedic period and a late Vedic period. Early vedic period allowed people to choose their caste while during late vedic period, a child was born in a caste
The origin of the caste system is in Hinduism, but it affected the whole Indian society
In addition to castes, there was a category that was called Tribes. Tribes were those communities who lived deep in jungles, forests and mountains far away from the main population Trivia 1) Trivia 1)How many castes were there? 2)What kinds of people were in Vaisyas? 3)Which caste consists of servants? 4)What caste were the warriors in? 5)What were Karma's and Dharma's role in the caste system? BONUS QUESTION Did you like our presentation? A:yes Trivia

Yes FOUR Merchants & Professionals Sudras Kshatriyas They determined your caste in the next life by
Kalp Mathur
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