Varna and jati

Es gibt vier Varnas: Traditionell nimmt man an, dass mit dem Begriff Varna die Hautfarbe gemeint war:

Varna and jati

Notes and References Introduction In the ancient world and even in the modern society people usually form cohesive groups based on their language, culture and geographical location.

These groups have a common ancestry and are led by chiefs of the families around which they gathered. Such communities are called tribes1. There are innumerable tribes in this world.

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The Indian continent is not different from the rest of the world 1b as far as tribes and the rivalries between them are concerned. It seems there are two kinds of tribes in the Indian continent, the tribes and castes 2. The tribes are still in the forests and hills and not really part of the modern society.

Varna and jati

Castes have been living in the villages and cities since ancient times and are civilized. In the Indian Continent, a caste means a modern civilized tribe or clan or group of people that have marital relationship among them.

Some castes are further divided into subcastes. Matrimonial relationship among subcastes is not acceptable due to differences in religious and cultural practices. It is important to note that the caste or tribe is blood-related and genetic, and hence hereditary. So, one has to be born into a caste or tribe to belong to that tribe or caste.

Again, this is not unique to India. These ancient tribal traditions are slowly disappearing in this modern age3. One among such communities in the Indian continent is the Brahmin caste. For consistency in this article, Brahmins are referred to as a caste. Brahmin Population 4 The census of enumerated 1, castes.

Brahmins, Kunbis and Chamars accounted for approximately 10 million each. Of these 1, castes, 1, 74 per cent were geographically localized groups and each caste or tribe is unique to a particular place.

Only few castes like Brahmins had an all-India presence.

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Brahmins are one of many minority groups in India. InBrahmins were 4. The so-called Muslim minority in India is approximately 20 to 25 percent of the total population, even after Muslim Pakistan and Muslim Bangladesh separated from India.

Brahmins even in Uttar Pradesh, where they are most numerous, constitute just 9 percent. In Tamil Nadu they form less than 3 percent and in Andhra Pradesh they are less than 2 percent. During the Islamic conquests in India, it was a typical policy to single out the Brahmins for slaughter, after the Hindu warriors had been bled to death on the battlefield.

Even the Portuguese in Malabar and Goa followed this policy in the 16th century, as can be deduced from Hindu-Portuguese treaty clauses prohibiting the Portuguese from killing Brahmins.

The Vedas describe the landscape of northern India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Over and over the Vedas mention a mighty river called the Sarasvati where Brahmin communities flourished, where the Indus Valley civilization flourished and dispersed when the Saraswati river dried up around BCE.

Long before, during the Ramayana period Brahmins migrated to Dandakaranya Dandaka Forest in the south with Viswamitra, the author of several hymns in Rigveda including Gayatri mantra, and practiced Vedik religon performing yajnas under the protection of Lord Rama and Lakshmana.

Sage Agastya appeared to Rama when he was despondent at the impending war with Ravana and instructed him in the use of Aditya Hridayam, a hymn praising the Sun God. Brahmins have been migrating to various regions within the Indian Continent since time immemorial and recently to other continents as well.

One of the reasons for this confusion is Sanskrit language5.

Varna and jati

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Notes and References 1 Tribe (Lat., tribus: the tripartite division of Romans into Latins, Sabines, and Etruscans), a social group bound by common ancestry and ties of consanguinity and affinity; a common language and territory; and characterized by a political and economic organization intermediate between small, family-based bands, and larger chiefdoms.

Varṇa (वर्णः) is a Sanskrit word which means type, order, colour or class. The term refers to social classes in Brahminical books like the Manusmriti. These and other Hindu literature classified the society in principle into four varnas: Brahmins: priests, scholars and teachers.; Kshatriyas: rulers, warriors and administrators.; Vaishyas: agriculturalists and merchants.

カースト(身分制度) ヒンドゥー教の展開のなかで、カースト制度が強く指摘される。カーストは基本的な分類が四つあるが、その中には非常に細かい定義があり非常に多くのカース トがある。. Aug 24,  · This article explains the Hindu concepts of Atman, Dharma, Varna, Karma, Samsara, Purushartha, Moksha, Brahman, Bhagavan and Ishvara.

Jati. Die Varnas gliedern sich in Hunderte von Jatis auf.

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Der Begriff leitet sich ab aus dem Begriff jan für „geboren werden“. Dies weist auf die Hauptbedeutung von Jati hin: „Geburtsgruppe“, auch im Sinne von Großfamilie oder Clan.

Jatis sind somit die soziale und familiäre Dimension des Kastensystems und erinnern in gewissem Maße an die .

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