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  • India's Caste System
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    A Class vs. a Caste System In any country's history, a high stage of social development is reached only when the main social divisions are formed. "The caste system penetrates the Hindu society to a level unknown elsewhere. It plays some part in other civilizations but in India it has invaded the whole. It is in this sense that we may speak of the caste system as a phenomenon peculiar to India" (Pocock 27). The class system of the United States and the caste system of India share common characte...
  • Social Roles Of The Indian Culture
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    This paper will review some of the recent literature on the culture of India. This is an important culture to study, because India's population of more than 900 million makes it one of the most heavily populated countries of the world. India is also important to study because it possesses one of the world's oldest surviving cultures. In addition, there have long been ties between India and the nations of the West. Beyond these considerations, Indian culture is fascinating to study because it is ...
  • Present Caste System Of India
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    Caste is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as one of the hereditary social classes in Hinduism, which is also a division in society based on wealth, inherited rank, or occupation, and allows little mobility out of the position to which a person is born. The word caste was first used by 16th century Portuguese traders; it is taken from the Portuguese word casta. Varna, the word for caste, means color and referring to the old racial differences between conquerors and conquered. The basis o...
  • States And Societies Of Sub Saharan Africa
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    Caste distinctions first became prominent in Northern India following Aryan migration into the subcontinent. During the postclassical era, the caste system became securely established in Southern India as well. The postclassical era brought a series of political, economic, and social challenges to India's caste system. The caste system plays a crucial role in India in determining the class and status of not only its people but also migrants. The caste system adapted to the arrival of migrants an...
  • Hindu Caste System
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    I. INTRODUCTION Are you really what you eat Why are people born with certain unique tendencies Are matter and spirit separate, or the same Although seemingly unrelated, these questions are unified by the subject under consideration in this paper: the Hindu caste system. The caste system itself is unified by the concern of ritual purity. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica: the caste system has been a dominating aspect of social organization for thousands of years. A caste, generally designa...
  • Indian Caste System
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    The social function of the caste system in Indian culture was too ensure that the wealthy and powerful maintained their high social status and standard of living by making sure that the wealth was unevenly distributed. The members of the upper castes were lucky to inherit a perfect system that was started by the Nomadic Aryans who headed south into what is know as India today. They evolved the system with the use of Hinduism to maintain peace in a highly stratified society, which in another time...
  • Indian's Place In The Caste System
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    Hinduism Assignment Mel Irons 1) Describe the caste system as it has traditionally existed in Indian society. The caste system traditionally divided the entire Indian population into a strict system of hereditary groups of people. Consisting of mainly four main castes and a fifth group outside of the caste, the system governed the lives of Indians with an iron hand and strict law and for the majority of the Indian population made life very difficult. The appreciation and acceptance of the caste ...
  • Rigid The Indian Caste System
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    "The American Verna" Why is that humans were able to practically "take over" their environment and leave all other animal species far behind in the race of survival Not many would argue that we were able to do so just because we can walk upright and we have unspecialized teeth. In fact, humans are capable of many things that separate us from the animals. Our far most important trait is the ability to analyze and comprehend complex subject matters. From that we can learn, understand and communica...
  • Literacy Rate Of Dalit Women
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    The social structure of India has customarily been defined by the caste system (Lewis 2003, 1). It has kept a sense of order and peace among the people. There are several basic features of the caste system in India. One feature involves the fact that a caste is indigenous. Another feature relates to restrictions on commensality between members of different castes. There is also a hierarchical grading of castes. Yet another feature involves the various kinds of contacts members of different caste...

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