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Were Chandalas forced to do the abominable work or did their families do it and so it is tradition?

So my question is were Chandalas forced to do such abominable work or did their family out of hereditary profession do such and it just carried on? Please provide verses of where a Candala could ...
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Expiation for Chandalas and other mixed Varnas

Are their any dharmashastras or other vedic works which discuss how a Chandala through pious activities can reform himself into a respectable member of society and abandon the vile and disgusting jobs ...
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Reintegration of mixed Varnas into society based on morality

While birth is a feature of mixed castes, it seems their violent nature was also discussed. Is there any text that explicitly states that a mixed Varna member with good morality can integrate into a ...
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Good and professional rebuttals to BR Ambedkars criticism and in certain cases blatant insults of the Vaidika Dharma?

Are there any good and academic rebuttals of BR Ambedkar's "Analysis" of our faith? This can be through putting things in a new perspective or refutations. I would like it to focus primarily ...
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Which scripture tells to practice untouchability?

Hindus in the past practiced untouchability. Which scriptures tells us to practice untouchability ? In which scriptures it is written to practice untouchability.
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Were Caṇḍālas untouchables purely because they disposed corpses?

I have seen certain traditionalists on social media often suggest that Caṇḍālas may have been simply treated as untouchables because they disposed corpses which presented a health risk to other ...
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Why do some people confuse Shudras with untouchables? [closed]

In various questions in this platform, I have seen people classifying Shudras as untouchables whereas in reality, Shudras are a caste within the pale of the Varnâshrama system but untouchables(...
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Is there any writing in the scriptures that tell us how the caste system went from fluid to rigid?

As I had read in books on Indian History (which certainly do not discuss ideas in detail), the caste system as had been originally devised was not rigid; in other words, a person 'born into' a caste ...
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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 "untouchability" have any place in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I am an Indian Hindu, I face many situations where there is "Goutra", "Jaati", and many types of class related things are asked. Are the "class-division" and "discrimination" legitimate in Hinduism??...
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Is untouchability discussed in the Vedas?

Untouchability can be of a couple of forms: one which arises out of temporary impurity (aśauca) e.g., not touching a menstruating woman a person is untouchable due to the nature of his work e.g., a ...
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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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What was the traditional justification for why Chandalas were not allowed in temples?

Traditionally, Chandalas and I believe even Sudras were not allowed in temples. What was the justification for this and is it based on scriptures?
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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 happens if non-Dalit touches a Dalit? [duplicate]

What would happen to a non-Dalit if a Dalit touched them in Ancient India?
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Why didn't Lord Rama and Lord Krishna stop untouchability?

Scriptures confirm that the untouchability was practiced during Dwapara Yuga. Lord Rama and Lord Krishna were incarnations of God incarnated to destroy adharma on the earth in Treta Yuga and Dwapara ...
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Did Adi Sankara follow untouchability?

In the life of Adi Shankara, there is a famous incident involving a Chandala and his Four dogs: When Sankara was going with his disciples to the Ganges for midday ablutions, he noticed an outcaste ...
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Untouchability during Ramayana or Mahabharata period

Are there any references to untouchability or the presence of untouchables during the time of Ramayana or Mahabharata? Or did the practice start afterwards?
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Why there is Untouchability in Hindu religion? [closed]

I have sees from my childhood my mother always force us to do following activities After Nature Call you have to take bath up to waist or change the cloth for later cleaning. I somebody dies in ...
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Why did Hindus practice untouchability?

In various sub-castes, people used to practice untouchability i.e., some of the people who were considered lower castes, for example, sweepers, cleaners, etc. were ignored, and there were rules such ...
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