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Ancient India's Caste System

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The Caste System
The Higher Classes
The highest caste system groups are called the Brahmins and the Kshatriyas.

The Brahmins were judges, priests and teachers. All who understood dharma. Dharma were the rules that the Hindi believed that were spiritual and ruled the universe. They were Aryan as well as the Kshatriyas.

The Kshatriyas were warriors and they controlled the kingdoms government. Alltough they had power, the Brahmin caste could still veto their decisions.

The Middle Classes
The middle classes of Ancient India's caste system are called Vaisyas and Sudras.

The Vaisyas came after the Kshatriya caste. So it was the third caste in the whole system. This caste consisted of skilled workers, traders and merchants.


The Sudra caste were the unskilled workers and laborers. Usually the people in the this caste worked for members of the higher castes. This caste was not Aryan.
The Untouchables or Dalits
The Untouchables were people who were not part of the caste system. They were called Dalits or outcasts. The word outcast was influenced from the caste system. The Dalits were often foreigners, criminals and diseased people. They were forced to do unclean jobs in which the other caste groups couldn't do. They were also not allowed to worship in temples.
Some of their jobs were-

killing and cleaning animal hides.
sweeping
washer
sewage cleaning
Nowadays two Dalits are assaulted, two Dalits murdered and two houses are burned
EVERY TWO HOURS .
But somehow only one percent of the people who commit crimes against them are ever convicted.
Citations
History of the caste system in india . (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~epandit/page2.html

[Print Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/upload/yuiupload/242160450.jpg

dalits and the caste system. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.gfa.org/dalit/the-caste-system/

Dowling, Mike. "The Caste System at mrdowling.com". www.mrdowling.com. Updated November 2, 2013. Web. Date of Access. <http://www.mrdowling.com/612-caste.html>

Ancient India's Caste System


by- John H., Susan L., Colton T. & Jeffrey H.
UM
The caste system's history dates all the way back to 1200 BCE.
It was created after the Aryans invaded India from central Asia. It was a way to prevent rebellion and was used for organization.
Four of the major levels of the caste system are
Brahmans
Kshatriyas,
Vaishyas
Shudras
There was one group that was considered "unclean" and were not part of the Caste System.
They were the Untouchables.
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