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Questions tagged [caste-system]

For the questions about caste-system based on varna namely Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudras.

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Are children of Brahmin parents also Brahmin by caste?

Is caste based on birth? Is it inherited? Do any scriptures support birth based caste system?
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Who was the first śūdra to be born or appear on Earth?

Who was the first śūdra (or the śūdra-couple) to be born? Likewise, who was the first brāhmaṇa, the first kṣatriya and vaiśya to be born? Some might argue, the first śūdra could not have been ...
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Which Śruti texts explicitly state that varna is based on birth?

Are there any instances in Śruti scriptures which explicitly support birth-based varna? Edit: I'm not looking for interpretations, please only cite those references which exactly say that Varna is ...
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Is the Rig Veda Purusha Suktam hymn an interpolation?

Is the Rig Veda Purusha Suktam hymn an interpolation? Western scholars and Indologists think so, especially the part about caste. Here's what wikipedia says on Varna: This Purusha Sukta varna ...
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Do the Vedas allow Shudras to do undergo Upanayanam or perform Yajnas?

Can Shudras do Upanayanam or perform Yajnas as per Vedas?
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Can't Shudras read the Bhagavad Gita?

It is well known that Vedanta Sutras prohibit Shudras from Jnana by saying Smritis prohibit them from having Upanayana. But Bhagavad Gita is a book which contains Vedantic statements. As Vedanta ...
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Can a Sudra attain higher caste according to Manusmriti?

Manusmriti Verse 9.335 says: शुचिरुत्कृष्टशुश्रूषुर्मृदुवागनहङ्कृतः । ब्राह्मणाद्याश्रयो नित्यमुत्कृष्टां जातिमश्नुते ॥ ३३५ ॥ śucirutkṛṣṭaśuśrūṣurmṛduvāganahaṅkṛtaḥ | ...
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Last name of Shree Ram and Shree Krishna?

I always wondered what were the last name of avatars - Shree Ram and Shree Krishna. I know that Ram was kshatriya and Krishan was nand. But I don't know their real last name. Did they even had one? Or ...
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Which varnas do they belong to?

People who follow Hinduism are classified based on varnas. If someone didn't follow Hinduism, how are their varnas determined ? If not, do they belong to any new category? Consider a white man, what ...
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Which Manusmṛti verses were written exclusively for vaiśyas and śūdras?

In his column What exactly is the Manusmriti?, Devdutt Pattanaik makes the following claim. Of the nearly 2,500 verses, more than a thousand are for brahmins, more than a thousand for kings, ...
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Mahabharata Parsurama's curse

When Bhagwan Parshuram sees Karna's tolerance, he says that Karna can't be a Brahamana, he must be a Kshatriya. 1 What is the relation between a person capability and his caste? 2 If there had been a ...
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Scriptural definitions for caste, Varna, class and tribe [duplicate]

The words such as Varna, caste, class, tribe etc., was used extensively in Hinduism scriptures. Please provide the definitions for each of the listed along with a single person example as shown below;...
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Did Krishna ever talk beyond the four caste system?

In this question, I am assuming the meaning of words caste, Varna, class stands for same. Don't consider tribes as same as caste. Consider the following talks by Krishna in Mahabharata From Udyoga ...
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Why Casteism is there in Hinduism? [duplicate]

If we the people are the actual reason for building our own castes then why do gods (krishna as kshatriya, parasurama as brahmana) take birth in particular castes?
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What is the meaning of the term “Svadharma”?

What does the term "Svadharma" mean? What do the scriptures say about the term? Is Varna exclusive of "Svadharma"?
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Why Gayatri mantra is widely recited by non-bramhins nowadays which was once the stronghold of only the brahmins?

Is there any reason for release of Gayatri mantra to non brahmins and even to women? I think such practice is irregular. Who is responsible for deviation from very ancient practice and making it ...
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Do any other scriptures mention Brahma Tirtha, bathing where non-Brahmins become Brahmins?

Mahabharat, Vana parva, tirtha-yatra parva https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-mahabharata-third-book/d/doc7362.html. Says: One should next proceed to the excellent tirtha of Brahma. ...
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What is the source of “Vriyate iti Varnaha?”

The author of the blog post What's your Varna quotient? uses a certain definition of varṇa: The generic definition of the term 'Varna' comes from 'Vriyate Iti Varnaha' implying that one can choose ...
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Which Mahabharata verse does Swami Vivekananda refer to show earliest humans were Brahmins and they denigrated to lower varnas as time progressed?

In the Kumbakonam lecture of 1897, Swami Vivekananda said the following: We read in the Mahâbhârata that the whole world was in the beginning peopled with Brahmins, and that as they began to ...
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Do Vedas mention about Chaturvarna? [duplicate]

As per my understanding, Vedas are source of knowledge while Chaturvarna(i.e. caste system) creates separation more than knowledge. So my question is, Where is the first mention of Chaturvarna found?...
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Can a Kshatriya man marry Vaishya woman?

I have heard from my friend that Kshatriya man can marry Vaishya woman. Is it true? What do our scriptures say on this?
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Do scriptures say how to detect someone claimimg a false varna identity?

After all a so-called "low-caste" person could go somewhere else and claim to be of a "higher" caste. Do scriptures talk about such cases and how to detect them?
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Is hiding one's caste a punishable offense?

From this article: Although the first Maratha ruler, Shivaji, freely recruited Mahars in his army, two centuries later, by the time of the Peshwas, the status of Mahars was lower than ever. The ...
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Astrological signs and śūdra-like nature [duplicate]

According to this answer on Quora.com: In the astrological context, which determines a person’s character, everyone born under the rising signs (lagna) of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius is ...
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Has Siva spoken in favor of the varnashrama system?

What has Siva said about the caste or varna system?
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Sub-castes within lingayatism?

Are the sub-castes within lingayatism similar to the hindu caste system like the Sharana/Ainor(priests), Shettar(merchants/vaishyas), holeya(shudra) etc ? NOTE: What will be the accepted references ...
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According to guṇa-based varṇa system, at what age can one be certified a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc?

According to proponents of guṇa-based varṇa system (i.e., those that do not believe you are born into one specific Hindu varṇa), at what age can a person be certified as a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc? ...
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According to guṇa-based varṇa system, can a Christian or Muslim be also a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc?

According to proponents of guṇa-based varṇa system (i.e., those that do not believe you are born into one specific Hindu varṇa), can a Christian or Muslim be also a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc., based ...
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Are there sects that explicitly deny caste/varna/jati and do not practice it in real life?

There may be sects that deny caste in their sectarian works but practice it in their real life. Are there any sects who actual do not practice the caste system?
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How do I prove casteism is not an inherent part of Hinduism?

I understand Bhagavad gita says varna is by profession and not by birth. But how should I explain it to a non-hindu or an atheist who is too ignorant to read hindu books and argues that casteism is an ...
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How does Sonadanda's characterization of a Brahmin agree or disagree with other definitions in scripture?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/dob/dob-04tx.htm Dialog between Sonadanda the Brahmin and the Buddha: " 11. Now the Blessed One became aware in his own mind of the hesitation in the mind of ...
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Is there any explicit writing by Swami Vivekananda on his psychological theory of Varna?

Swami Vivekananda has written about his ideas of caste in his Complete Works. I am posting one example for the convenience of the reader.
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Are there finer classifications than the 4-varna/guna classification in scripture?

Priests, Warriors, Traders, Labourers is fine and dandy but where do scientists, journalists and artists, to name a few temperaments/occupations, fit into this? I remember reading that a Soviet ...
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How does Swami Vivekananda's psychological theory of Varna interpret Gita verses 4.13, 18.41-47?

Gita verses 4.13 and 18.41-47 have been traditionally interpreted in terms of birth into endogamous groups called castes. Swami Vivekananda has provided us with an alternative interpretation many ...
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Among castes eligible to wear yagnopavitam, do different castes/sub-castes wear different kinds of Yagyopavitam?

Do scriptures prescribe how the yagynpavitam should be made (number of threads, knots etc.)?
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Can a Hindu eat with a non Hindu?

In a video by the Sikh Jagraj Singh, Hinduism was discussed in relation to a passage from the Guru Granth Sahib. In the GGS, the Guru Nanak described the Hindus as hypocrites for eating with Muslims ...
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Were there sacraments to convert non-arya and arya but non-kshatriya kings to kshatriyas?

Wiki article of Mahapadma Nanda says The Puranas describe Mahapadma as a son of Mahanandin by a woman from the Shudra caste.[ Jain works like Parishishtaparvan and Avashyaka sutra represent him as ...
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Does any Hindu scripture say anything to the effect “all men (and women) are created equal in dignity and rights”?

There are quotations to the effect that one's caste is not by birth - I don't mean that. Some sects may say all members of the sect are equal and I don't mean that either. Does it say anywhere in ...
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Have there been instances of rivalry between Brahmins and Kshatriyas?

The Wikipedia article on Kshatriyas suggests possible rivalry between the two varnas due to ambiguity in their relative positions in the society. In the period of the Brahmanas (800 BCE to 700 BCE) ...
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do Hindu scriptures say anywhere that one varna is higher or lower than another?

Purusha sukta (in a verse considered by modern scholars to be a later interpolation) implies it ( "The Brahmana was his mouth; the Rajanya (Kshatriya) was made his arms; the Vaishya was his thighs; ...
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The Varna system and capitalism

I usually tend to accept most of the teachings of Gita pretty easily. However, I can not easily digest the verse 18.47: It is better to engage in one's own occupation, even though one may perform ...
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Can a dalit be a “professional brahmin” [duplicate]

By saying professional brahmin, I mean a person who is not a brahmin by caste but choses to be a temple priest n live the life of a brahmin. I was wondering if hindu mythologies allow a dalit or ...
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When did untouchability start?

Kalavai Venkat's "Caste: a HAF-baked Lamentation" tells that "untouchability started in 12th century" Can somebody provide any reference from any book/scripture/history etc for the statement that "...
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What are the counter-arguments within Hinduism(scriptures) against the Birth based Varna and Caste system?

Even if earlier Varna was not birth based, and later it degenerated into birth base Varna and even later into birth based caste system. But whether there are counter arguments within Hinduism(esp. ...
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Does Bhagwat Puran mention that Lord Krishna was born to annihilate Kshatriyas?

In Annihilation of Caste, Section 18, Dr. Ambedkar says that The Bhagwat tells us very definitely that Krishna had taken avatar for one sacred purpose: and that was, to annihilate the Kshatriyas....
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is there a scriptural basis for using silver vessels to avoid caste/sub-caste ritual pollution?

I am aware of Brahmin sub-caste members that wouldn't eat at other Brahmin sub-caste homes even as we speak (2018). One can easily imagine their attitude about eating at a non-brahmin home or a non-...
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does any scripture say different castes should draw water from different wells?

If you know Tamil, you can read on u-tube an interview of Shiva Ayyadurai considered the inventor of email in which he says he was told of this practice in childhood by his mother and how upsetting he ...
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Mentions of intercaste marriage in ManuSmriti or Manu Dharma

Trying to study ManuSmriti. 1) What does Manusmriti say about inter-caste marriages? 2) Are there any punishments given for inter-caste marriages? 3) Are there any mentions of inter-caste marriages ...
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What do the Vedas say about caste?

What do the Vedas say about caste? For the purpose of this question you can take a broad approach of the definition of caste. Like if it is called varna in vedas, then I want to know what the vedas ...
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Was Satī (sahagamana) limited one particular varṇa (kṣatriya)? Was it also applicable to brāhmaṇa and other women?

When it was allowed, was the practice of Satī a.k.a sahagamana meaning 'going with' or sahamaraṇa ('dying with') limited to one particular varṇa, the kṣatriya? Or was it applicable to brāhmaṇa and ...