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The Caste System

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Jeremy Drake

on 22 January 2014

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Transcript of The Caste System

Shudras are Commoners, slaves, or peasents
They serve the members of the Twice-born castes (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas).
They are considered the Unskilled workers of the Caste System
They are the bottom of the Caste System pyramid
They are the feet of the Caste System man
Vaisyas are farmers, merchants, minor officials, or traders
They are the 3rd highest on the Caste System pyramid
They are considered the skilled workers of the Caste System
They occasionally have leadership positions in local villages
They Also have a ceremony of rebirth at age 10 or 11
They are the thighs of the Caste System man
Kshatriyas are the warriors, rulers, or land owners
Kshatriyas make the rules
They are the 2nd highest on the Caste System pyramid
They are well respected for their strength and power
They are the arms of the Caste System man
They are leaders in a very different way than the Brahmins
Women can not be warriors, but they can be in this class
Kshatriyas also have a ceremony of rebirth at age 10 or 11.
Brahmins are priests, teachers, or judges
even though the Kshatriyas make the laws, the Brahmins can veto them
Brahmins are only ones who are allowed to teach in school
The first job of a Brahmin is to study the Vedas, the ancient scriptures of India (they started doing this after the ceremony of rebirth at age 10 or 11)
After 10 years of studying, they become priests of a temple
They are the brain of the Caste System man
Brahmin are usually the richest of all, they are the highest and probably the most important people of the Caste System
The ancient Indian Caste System
About the Caste System
People are identified by caste in India
The Caste System was and still is a big, important part of ancient and modern India
The first three caste groups (Brahmins, Kshatriya, and Vaisyas) are considered to be Reincarnated as a part of Hinduism
People of the caste system are usually vegetarian, and Untouchables are usually not
The higher you are in the Caste System, the more respected you usually are, and the more money you will usually get
Another name for the Caste System is Varna

The Untouchables were considered unsuitable for other caste's personal relations.
They were hired to do the jobs that the caste members didn't want to do.
They had all the disgusting jobs, such as ending a life, sweeping, washing, or jobs that involved contact with human feces.
They were Forbidden to enter schools and temples.
People thought that the touch or event the sight of an Untouchable would taint a Brahmin's purity.
They were born the lowest of the low, below the Caste System and there was no respect for them in any Caste except for other Untouchables
The Untouchables are the dirt under the Caste System man
Jatis are the hereditary occupational groups within the caste system.
They are little groups of people or families.
People in one Jati are more closely related than they are to another Jati.
There are over 3000 Jatis.
Jatis could inter marry.
The Untouchables
Endogamy is the practice of marrying a person only of your own Caste
It is the tradition of ancient Indian culture to Endogamy
This practice was often used by many other cultures other than Indian culture
People in the Caste System often were not friends with anyone in a lower Caste and didn't usually talk to anyone in a lower Caste unless it was needed
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