If one searches Caste on google images, the first few images they would be greeted with is this:

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However on wikipedia, the following is written:

There are 3,000 castes and 25,000 sub-castes in India, each related to a specific occupation

How does this number of Caste and the most popular division of Caste as the five regions of Brahma relate?

  • Brahmanas originate from the face, Kshatriyas from the arms, Vaishyas from the thighs & Shudras from the feet. Varnashankara castes like Kayasthas, Vaidyas, Gopalakas (Yadavs), Sutas etc originated due to inter-caste marriage. Most of these varna-shankaras are considered as Sat-shudras i.e the are touchable. It is the Asat-shudra varnashankaras who are regarded as untouchables. Most texts agree that outside the 4 main caste groups, there are 36 varnashankara castes.
    – অনু
    Sep 21, 2022 at 3:20


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