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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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How to recover from lost caste status after crossing an ocean?

Based on what I know, the most loss of Hindutva that can happen is loss of caste (which would include the right to cremate one's parents), for example for crossing the ocean. From here: Baudhayana ...
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Difference/Relation between Varna and Jati

We know that there are four Varna(वर्ण) called Brahmin, kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. I found words/terms like Jati(जाति) and Jnati(ज्ञाति) are also used to convey similar meanings. One another ...
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What is the origin of Bhumihars?

Bhumihars are one of the abundant tribes of UP and Bihar. They are referred to as descendants of Lord Parshuram. As Lord Parshuram was a sage how can he have descendants? If he was married who was his ...
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To which caste do people from the Vishwakarma community belong?

I belong to the Vishwakarma community and am not able to decide on the caste (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra) I belong. As per my knowledge and learning, even the Vedas, Manusmriti and other ...
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Does progeny born out of varNa-SaMkara (intermixing of classes) also derive gotra from father?

There was an episode where satyakAma jabala of unknown lineage was accepted as a disciple. Similarly, on the recent there happened another incident where King Prasenadi from the lineage of shAkhya was ...
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Why was Varna formalised?

My understanding is that caste is not a legitimate Hindu concept and that it is varna instead. From what I’ve read, varna is like the division of labour within society, but my question is, why was ...
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Is intelligence an innate quality of Brahmanas?

According to Hindu scriptures, different castes were created differently and therefore have different innate qualities. For example, Kshatriyas are strong according to the Taittiriya Samhita: 7.1....
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Has any Hindu scholar who upheld birth based Varna system refuted Assalayana Sutta?

In the Assalayana Sutta, Buddha speaks with a Brahmin who said Brahmins are superior to anyone as they sprung out of mouth of Brahma. For which, Buddha replied this: 'But do you know, masters, if ...
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Was there really a caste system in vedic period as it is perceived today by many? [duplicate]

With little to no knowledge of our scriptures now, can a person born in a brahmin family can rightfully be called a brahmin just by the virtue of his birth in that family?
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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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Is stopping an inter-caste between a Brahmin woman and a Shudra man – dharma or adharma?

Background: Although Hinduism does not recommend inter-caste marriages, in modern times, such marriages are at a high level. In my life I heard of a woman born into a Brahmin family, she loved & ...
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Can a person of one caste have friends of another caste?

Is this allowed? Do the hindu texts speak anything about this? Can a person of one caste have friends who are of a different caste?
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What scriptures say that Prana Pratishtha is removed by a Chandala's touch?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What is dharma for Mlecchas according to Hinduism?

Dharma is eternal and fixed. Each varna in Hinduism has its own dharma, which is defined by the Vedas. What is the dharma for Mlecchas?
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Does the incident of Shankara meeting a Chandala prove that Shankara never had realization?

According to Advaita Vedanta, things like caste, gotra, etc, will cease to exist after realization. But when Adi Shankara met a Chandala in Varanasi, he asked the Chandala to move away from his path. ...
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Does ISKCON advocate birth-based caste-system or guṇa-based? And on what basis?

What type of caste-system (varṇāśrama) does ISKCON advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If they believe one's varṇa is based on their guṇa: Do they reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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Which Veda Shaka, Gotra etc, will a person should follow after he was converted into Brahmin, Kshatriya or Vaishya?

All Smritis are clear that Varna is primarily based on birth. A person born as a Brahmin will lose his status if his conduct is not good, but even if a person born as a Shudra has good conduct, he ...
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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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Relevance of “Dhol Ganwar Shudra Pashu Nari, Sakal Taadana Ke Adhikari”

प्रभु भल कीन्ह मोहि सिख दीन्हीं। मरजादा पुनि तुम्हरी कीन्हीं॥ ढोल गवाँर शूद्र पशु नारी। सकल ताड़ना के अधिकारी॥ Drums, the illiterate, lower caste, animals and women deserve a beating to ...
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Did Lord Vishnu speak in support of birth-based or conduct-based varna?

Are there any instances of Lord Vishnu or any of his avatars speaking in favour of either conduct-based or birth-based varna?
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Examples of Varna migration in Hindu mythology?

Is migration between Varna really allowed in Hinduism? If yes, please give examples along with reference.
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How pure were the castes at the time Manu-Smriti was written?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b012.htm Mahabharata seems to suggest caste-mixing was already happening: "Bhishma said, 'The Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaisya are regarded as the ...
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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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Is there an inherent relation between varna and skin color? [duplicate]

Is there an inherent relation between varna (caste) and skin color? By inherent I mean does scripture say that castes were created with a particular skin color? The scriptures say that kshatriyas were ...
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Does this statement about Smartas have scriptural authority?

A book by Agehananda Bharati contains a statement on Smartas: The Smarta-brahmins of the Tamil. Telugu. and Malayalam speaking areas of the Dravidian South of India are no doubt the highest ...
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What texts are non-brahmins allowed to read?

It is said that non-brahmins are not allowed to recite the vedas. However, are they allowed to read any of the spiritual texts or scriptures? What about the upanishads, the puranas, etc.?
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What's Kashmir Shaivism view/interpretation on the Vedas?

The Vedas are the primary scriptures and base of Hinduism. Every different philosphy has interpreted it in each diffearent way. I want to know how does Kashmir Shaivism Interpret the Vedas (Rig Veda, ...
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Was there a caste called “dog cookers”?

The Sanskrit word is "shva-paka" - were they the alleged result of caste-mixing? What is their background?
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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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Is the Manusmriti written to favor a particular class of the society?

Critics say the Manusmriti is pro-Brahmin, and written by casteist Brahmins by favoring particular section of society and thereby oppressing Shudras, women, and other lower castes. Is this argument ...
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Is it the responsibility of the dvija castes to teach the fourth varna righteous conduct?

In other words, do they have the responsibility (or obligation) to see to it that the fourth Varna do what they had to do reap just rewards in this life and the afterlife? Since learning and ...
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What is the source of this sloka which is prohibiting keeping pets at home?

I got the following sloka in Sri Sri Sitarama-Kathamrita, a collection of gospels of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath, by Kinkar Brahmanda (page 27): kukkuta-swana-marjaran poshayanti dinatrayam/ iha ...
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Is this euphemism from scripture?

A lady in a YouTube video says "fourth varna" to refer to the varna said to be born from Purusha's feet. Does scripture use this euphemism anywhere?
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Does scripture describe the origin of Mlecchas and outcastes?

I am only aware of scriptures that deal with the origin of the 4 Hindu castes. How about outcastes and Mlecchas?
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For those who support guna-based or behavior-based caste theory, how do you determine someone's guna?

The critics of the birth-based caste system and those who support the behavior-based caste system, cite these verses from the Bhagavad Gita in support of their theory: Bg 18.41 — Brāhmaṇas, ...
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Why casteism is based on birth rather than present Gunas & Karmas?

I've seen many Brahmins & Kshatriyas (called) behaving like Shudras (called). Being wallowed in material pleasures,cruelty,ignorance etc. On the other hand we find many Shudras behaving like ...
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Which is the earliest scripture to use the word “varna” to denote caste?

The Rig Vedic Purusha Sukta mentions Rajanya, Brahmin, Vaishya and Sudra, but doesn't call them Varnas. Which scripture first uses this word for the classification-scheme?
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Not counting Purusha Sukta, what castes are mentioned in Rig Veda?

Brahmins are mentioned in connection with frogs and opinion is divided if they are being made fun of. Book 7 HYMN CIII. Frogs. THEY who lay quiet for a year, the Brahmans who fulfil their vows,...
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Does Bhagavad Gita reinforce the caste system? [closed]

so says http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/world/asia/as-bandy.htm The dogmatism employed by the voice of Krishna throughout the Bhagavad-Gita, and the primal importance and almost excessive ...
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Should Hindu politicians support Brahmins according to scriptures? [closed]

Should Hindu politicians support Brahmins according to scriptures? Is it a sin if Hindu politicians don't support Brahmins? Please cite verses from scriptures.
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Is anti-Brahminism a sin according to scriptures?

Is anti-Brahminism in accordance with Hinduism and its scriptures? Is it a sin or is it glorified?
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Why is it ordained that Shudras should serve the Dvijas, and especially Brahmanas, as their foremost duty?

Why is it ordained that Shudras must serve the Dvijas, and especially Brahmanas, as their foremost duty? Does this oppress Shudras or is it actually beneficial for them to serve the twice-born?
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Is it permissible to deny the authority of Manusmriti?

Is it permissible to deny the authority of Manusmriti considering that all the four major schools of Hinduism(Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and Smarta tradition) only consider Vedas and Upanishads ...
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Are there complaints in the scriptures about the iniquties of the caste system?

Are there statements in scriptures (not necessarily by those who might have felt oppressed and/or disdvantaged) that the caste-system was iniquitous? I am looking for some parallel to the ...
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Were all human avataras of God Kshatriya or Brahmin?

The animal avataras like fish,tortoise wouldn't have caste - but how about the human avataras?
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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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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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Why Anuloma marriage is encouraged but Pratiloma marriage is discouraged?

Anuloma marriage means higher Varna men marrying lower Varna women. Pratiloma marriage means lower Varna men marrying higher Varna women. What is the reason behind encouraging Anuloma and discouraging ...
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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?