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Caste System

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Stina Molén

on 21 October 2013

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Transcript of Caste System

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in India
by Amra & Stina
The Caste's
Introduction
Social hierarchy
Multifaceted & complex history
1200 BCE
The term "caste"
Specify people
"Breed" and "lineage"
Varna and Jati
Race and color
History
Vedas --> 1500-1000 BCE
Transmitted orally
Traces of caste:
Ancient Egypt
Japan
Rome
Burma
Persia
Own kind of caste system:
Persians
Siberians
Etruscans
Mexicans
Peruvians
Spartans
Present caste systems:
Burma
Polynesia
Massai
Somali of East Horn
Past time
1932 - Untouchables separate electorates

Gandhi - Emberked on a fast

1933 - Country-wide tour
- Evoked great enthusiasm
- One of Gandhis goals

- Harijans- "Children of God"

- Gandhi stayed with them in their colonies.

- People from different communities ate together in public diners.
"It was like a poison eating into the very vitals of Hindu religion"
Today
Different i cities and villages
The middleclass think the caste system doesn't exist
In villages --> evident that it does exist
Future
Against
For
India lacks a free people, hopelessness and poverty
“India did not win freedom from the British in order to deny freedom to Indians”
Denied access to human rights.
Hinduism created the worlds biggest apartheid and slave system in the world.
Each class has a special role and function in society --> effective society
Four types of people: the Educated, the Warriors, the Traders and Businessmen. and the Manual labor.
The Vedas do NOT mention Untouchability
We need to accept the cast system
What we have learned
We didn't know much
Gandhi
Racism
Discrimination
"Spread the word"
Various sources
Objective viewpoints
Social medias
Films and clips
Sources
Questions
- Do you think India needs the cast system? Would the society survive without it?

- Do you think that every society is divided into groups (has a “hidden” cast system) ?

- Do you think the caste system provides conflicts? Why/Why not?

Priests - "Brahmins"
Warriors & Kings - "Khsatriyas"
Middle class - "Vaishyas"
Farmers, Servants etc. - "Shudras"
"The Untouchables or Pariahs"
Sanskrit - language spoken in India
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