Abhi Tripathi Reward Points : 75700 Member Since : Monday, January 07, 2008
i want to have detail knwledge about the Indian caste system.. its history and its origin..
Posted On : 12/23/2008 8:32:20 AM
Maniam PS Reward Points : 256300 Member Since : Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Eventhough it is said that the Indian Caste System has only for divisions viz Brahmin, Vaishya, Kshatriya and Sudra, I believe that the caste system is more complex than that. It is my believe that the cast system is based on the job the various sects did, that is why we have various casts and sub-casts for priests, soldiers, merchants, clerics, farmers, dhobies, barbers, cobblers, undertakers, etc,etc, etc.
Posted On : 5/26/2009 7:11:04 PM
Dipen Guha Reward Points : 47700 Member Since : Friday, December 25, 2009
In the Vedic priod, society was divided into distinct classes such as Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras. This was neither unusual nor productive of great evils. Similar distinctions are still observable in European society. Compare, for example, the Lords, The Clergy, the Middle class, and the Labourers in England. But these class distinctions are a long way off from the rigid system of caste, and there were many intermediate stages between the two. The essential features of the caste system, viz. the ascendency of the Brahmanas, the determination of caste by the accident of birth, and the prohibition of inter-dining and intermarriage between different castes, are all matters of slow growth. In Manu-samhita we find the Andhras, Abhiras, Mallas, Khasas, Vaidehas and Magadhas are described as castes, whereas they were really famous tribes. Similarly, the weavers, potters, carpenters, goldsmiths, blacksmiths etc. originally denoted groups of men following those professions, but they were later stereo-typed as castes.