[2014] Dmaia: The Caste System

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[2014] Dmaia: The Caste System

In 1950 legislation (indian constitution) passed law to prevent discrimination of the untouchables.Caste WAS only determined by birth but now people of higher classes are paid large sums of money to marry someone in a lower class in hopes to eliminate the caste system all together.

Missionary Work

Everyone is born with their own purpose.Higher classes to not touch the untouchables.People are different and fit in different parts of society.

The earliest expressions of caste can be found in one of India’s vast bodies of religious scripture known as the Vedas, which are though to have been complied between 1500 and 1000 BCE, although the time of their composition is under debate.

Practices

Seperation by social ranking.Exploitation of the weak.The Untouchables occupy a place that is not clearly defined by boundaries and is outside of the varna scheme.

Citations

mtholyoke.eduupenn.edusociologydiscussion.com

The Caste System

Events

Basic Beliefs

Cultural Diffusion

Big RitualsHigher-caste people who partake in the caste system believe that if they touched one of the caste-less, they would be contaminated and would need to go through cleansing rituals.The caste system creates a hierarchy among four social groups in India, called varnas. The varnas, in descending order, are the Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras. The caste system curtailed intermarriage and led to discrimination, especially among the lower castes.

The caste customs, beliefs, skill, behaviour, the trade secrets are passed on from generation to generation. Carrying culture from one age to another.


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