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For the questions about a caste-system based on varna e.g the Chaturvarna: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudras. The mixed varnas, apostate varnas, and varnas not necessarily related to the Chaturvarna (e.g. Mleccha) are also valid for this tag.

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Is Hinduism only for Brahmins and Kshatriya men?

Historically for thousands of years, only Brahmin and Kshatriya men had access to Hindu texts. Women, Vaishyas, Shudras, and any foreigners were not allowed access to Hindu texts or Hindu teachings, ...
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On marriage within groups of the same caste

Kulinism was a practice unique to the Bengali Hindu society. Hagiographical accounts & extensive genealogical texts like Kūlapañjikās state that this system was introduced by a semi-legendary ...
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What are all the entities that are induced by ones kula (कुल)?

The word कुल is used across scriptures. But, I want to know all the entities that are induced by the caste in an individual. The following are the few I heard of कुलाचार (Kula-Achara): Practices or ...
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Was wife of Ved-Vyas a Brahmini or Murdhabhishikta?

I am asking this question as I wanted to know if a Murdhabhishikta man can marry a Brahmini girl or not. Ved-Vyas was a Murdhabhishikta as he had a Brahmin father(Parashara) and Kshatriya mother( ...
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Questions on Varna System [duplicate]

Can You Tell Me Some Verses From Hindu Scriptures Which Say Varna Is Not Based On Birth?
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What role does caste play in modern day Hinduism?

For the past times, one may argue in support of caste system as in support of categorization and classification of people, but disregarding social and political issues, does it hold any use today in ...
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What age should a Shudra do Upanayana?

I'm reading the Wikipedia page of Upanayana, Many medieval era texts discuss Upanayana in the context of three of the four varnas (caste, class) — Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas.The ceremony was ...
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How does caste relate to Hinduism in practice?

To my understanding in the most ancient times, caste was a label based on profession. My question is , did it have any influence on how Hinduism was practiced? For example, Would Hinduism, in ...
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How to identify caste of a non-Hindu/non-Indian? [duplicate]

Since four Varnas exists in all ethnicities and all species . How can one identity caste of a person who is not Indian. In the past many foreigners were assimilated in Kshatriya Varna -like Indo-...
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What is the work of a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) caste?

What is the work of a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) caste ? Murdhabhishikta - Child born from Brahmin Father and Kshatriya mother. Can he become a priest ? I think he can become priest or officiate ...
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Can women work to earn a living?

Can women work to earn a living or do they have to be dependent on their husbands for their sustenance ? Since women are considered as Grih-Laxmi , I think working for them is sinful.
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What will be the Varna of a child born from a Brahmin man and Shudra woman?

There is lot of confusion regarding Anulom marriage . Some say it is allowed and varna of the child is Varna of the father. Some say it is not allowed. In present world , such child are outcasted ...
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What are the consequences of having a Varnashankar child?

One verse from Gita says that Varnashankar causes ancestors of a person to fall from heaven to hell for eternity. Bhagavad Gita 1.42 (Arjun Says) Hybrid castes ensure that the family line and those ...
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How to make Shudra into Brahmin, Kshatriya or Vaishya as per Vedas?

The Veda clearly distinguishes between Shudra and Arya. For example: A.V., iv.20.4. — “The thousand-eyed god shall put this plant into my right hand; with that do I see everyone, the Shudra as well ...
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What are the new duties of the 4 varnas as per Saunaka & Bhargabhūmi?

In the Puranas, Manu and his wife had many children and future generations who changed their caste (varna) totally freely. For example, in Brahma Purana Chapter 5 it is given: Vaivasvata Manu (...
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Under what conditions can a husband abandon his wife?

Under what conditions can a husband abandon his wife ? What does scriptures say about this ?
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Can a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) man marry a Brahmin girl?

Can a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) man marry a Brahmin girl ? Murdhabhishikta - Child born from Brahmin Father and Kshatriya mother.
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Can people of two castes dine together?

In my state , there is tradition that in wedding or for that matter in any type of function , we invite only people from our own caste to the function , even if you have strong friendship with someone ...
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What is purification process of chandala to change to shudra?

How chandala change his varna to shudra ? What purification process is mentioned in scripture ?
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Can you read the Upanishads without yagnopavit?

Some translated versions of the Upanishads are available widely and read by non dvijas as well. Can I read a Hindi translation?
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Is there any merit to the claim the Gita was written as a repsonse to Buddhism? [closed]

Ambedkar, author of the Indian Constitution, was a student of theology, approaching it from his lower caste experience. He argued that the Gita was compiled as a philosophical defense of Hinduism for ...
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Recommended balance of strength amongst Varnas in an ideal world

Varna system classifies our society largely into four social groups. Each varna has it's own strength and there is lot of interdependence between them. Hence, it's common sense to state that if one ...
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What was the Varna of the so many soldiers of the various kingdoms mentioned in the stories of Puranas and Vedas?

There are so many kingdoms and wars mentioned in the stories in Puranas and Vedas. In all stories King used to be Kshatriya. I never read and heard about Varna of soldiers who were in huge number in ...
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Proof of hereditary caste system in Vedas OR Ramayana and Mahabharata

Edit: This is not a duplicate question because this is a specific question asking for proof for caste being heridetary, not just what Vedas have to say about caste. Please understand the difference. ...
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Was ever Varna System based on Guna and/or Karm? [duplicate]

Was the Varna System ever based on Gunas? These few points made me to think over this question Number of combinations of Gunas are infinite as it is related to humane nature and the number of Varna ...
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How Varna System being based on Guna works?

Varna System was based on Guna. This sounds so nice but how we can classify people based on Guna because ... Varna are only 4 and the number of Guna or combination of Gunas can be infinite as it's ...
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I am a Kalinga Shrauta Brahmin and I know that my family belongs to Gautama Gotra and Kauthuma Shakha of Samaveda. What is my pravara then?

I am from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. I know that my family belongs to Kauthuma Shakha of Samaveda and follows the Latyayana Sutra. However my father doesn't exactly remember the pravara.
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Is there a punishment for non-dvijas recititing "Bhavati bhīkṣāṃ dehi" or the other forms of it?

In Manu Smriti for example it is said: 2.49 An initiated Brahmana should beg, beginning (his request with the word) lady (bhavati); a Kshatriya, placing (the word) lady in the middle, but a Vaisya, ...
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Varna of Nandagopa and Maa Yashoda?

Gopala bhatta goswami in his sat kriya sandarba mentions the 11 jatis of shudra varna (pic below) While Swami karpatri had said that they're Vaishyas (like other gowala-s) So were Nandagopa, Maa ...
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What is the status of offspring born from same gotra marriage?

Same gotra marriage is censured . But if such marriage happens , what is the status of the offspring born from such a marriage ?
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How were women created by the Cosmic Man?

How were woman created by the Brahma or Cosmic man ? Women must have been created separately from men . What is the story of their creation ?
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Shudras and learning Sanskrit

Were shudras not allowed to learn Sanskrit in the past times? If yes, then around when did this practice of not being allowed start?
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How many different races (castes) were created by Brahma or God ? Where can I get hierarchical order of superior to inferior races (castes)?

Are there only only four types of races created by Brahma namely - Brahman , Kshatriya , Vaishya or Shudras ? Or Even amongst the above four races separate sub-races were created ? Like even among ...
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What is Gotra of a person after converting to Hinduism?

When someone converts to hinduism, how is his Gotra determined? (asking for a friend) This is important in matters of marriage or puja (Pujaris always ask for your gotra) or Shraadh kriya. Is there a ...
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Under which varna do bureaucrats come?

Do modern day bureaucrats come under the kshatriya varna? Any example related to this from shastras?
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Can Hindus go to foreign countries ? Is it best to avoid going to foreign countries?

Which caste people can go to foreign countries ? Is it true that Hindus who go to foreign countries lose their caste (thus become untouchable) ? And what about untouchable Hindus ? Can they go to ...
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What is the Dharma of outcaste people?

Hinduism is based on principle of dharma (unlike Buddhism and Jainism which are based on principle of Karma). And all varnas have different duties(dharma) to discharge. So, what is the dharma ...
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Why almost all Hindu scriptures are written by Non-Brahmins (as per Smritis)? [closed]

As per smritis only people born to parents who are both Brahmin parents can be Brahmins. For example, in Manusmriti 10.5, 10.10 and 10.14 it says: सर्ववर्णेषु तुल्यासु पत्नीष्वक्षतयोनिषु । आनुलोम्येन ...
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Bahujan Samaj are Vaishya not Shudra

Most Neo Buddhists says that Bahujan samaj are Shudra and have major proportion demography because they have to serve above three Bhramin Kshatriya and Vaishya varnas If you see how Shudra are defined ...
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What are the purification rites for mixed castes mentioned by Manu?

Consider the following question and answer from the Mahabharata "The serpent said, 'O king, if thou recognise him as a Brahmana by characteristics, then, O long-lived one, the distinction of ...
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Does Medhatithi contradict Manu Smriti while writing Bhasya? Does this verse of Manu allow a Bramhana to commit all bad acts and escape punishment?

Manu Smriti verse 9.319 says : Similarly even though they betake themselves to all sorts of undesirable acts, yet Brāhmaṇas should be honoured in every way; for they are the greatest divinity. But ...
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Switching caste was possible in ancient India. However, Dharmashastras do not have such provisions. Why?

In ancient times, switching between castes was possible. There are many Kshatriyas who became Brahmin. For example, the elder brother of King Shantanu of Mahabharata became a brahmin. In fact, he ...
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Intercaste marriage was not uncommon in ancient India. However, Smriti shastras criticize it. How to reconcile?

Smriti Shastras unequivocally criticize intercaste marriage. However, there are many instances of intercaste marriage in Hindu Epics, where we get a sneak peek of ancient Hindu society. I can give ...
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What was Krishna's opinion on inter-caste marriage?

This is a specific question. Please do not quote Smriti Shastras. I want to know what Krishna said about inter-caste marriage in Bhagavad Gita. Was he in favour of it? Or did he criticize it?
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Varna of Krshn Veda Vyas?

Do scriptures mention Vyasa as a Brahmin? What are those specific verses in which he has been described as a Brahmin?
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Which scriptures ordain honor killing as the punishment for marrying someone from a different Varna? [duplicate]

Is honor killing a Dharmic punishment for those who perform intercaste marriages?
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What are the names of kulas mentioned in Mahabharata

Mahabharata is the important Itihasa. Since it is itihasa related to Dvapara yuga, it contains Ramayana also. Mahabharata may contains the names of many kulas like suta. I am not asking about varna, ...
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Varna of the Jatt people acc to Hindu scriptures?

It is said that Jatts are originally from central Asia and hence either pure Aryans or mixture of Aryan fathers and native Indian Rajanya women Have they been mentioned in the scriptures? Do they fall ...
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What happens when a Brahmin maiden marries a Kshatriya man?

This question is about a man I know, who is the son of a Kashmiri Pandit mother and a Haryanvi Jatt father and he himself married a Kashmiri brahmin woman What kind of marriage is this and what ...
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Is it true that anyone who is born, is a Shudra by default? [duplicate]

I have heard that any one who is born is shudra by default. How true is it?
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