I'm looking for the primary source for the following claim made by Ambedkar (link).

I tried finding the text here but I am not able to find it. Does someone know the exact verse of this text in the Veda Vyas Smriti ?

This new theory receives support from the Hindu Shastras. The Veda Vyas Smriti contains the following verse which specifies the communities which are included in the category of Antyajas and the reasons why they were so included

“The Charmakars (Cobbler), the Bhatta (Soldier), the Bhilla, the Rajaka (washerman), the Puskara, the Nata (actor), the Vrata, the Meda, the Chandala, the Dasa, the Svapaka, and the Kolika – these are known as Antyajas as well as others who eat cow’s flesh.”

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here it is:


Chapter 1 shlokas 11 and 12.

  • Great, thanks. But where is the word "Antyaja" mentioned ? Reading the whole page gives a totally different meaning that what Ambedkar claims.
    – Rajesh
    Jun 12, 2023 at 13:38
  • the hook symbol between ete and ntyaja is an avagraha - stands for an a sound that is not pronounced. I haven't had a chance to look into Ambedkar's interpretation. @rajesh
    – S K
    Jun 12, 2023 at 13:50
  • @Rajesh why bother Ambedkar had no or limited knowledge of Hindu texts and certainly not any understanding of them.
    – Haridasa
    Jan 2 at 12:42

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