CASTE SYSTEM


CASTE SYSTEM
   the TRADITIONAL SOCIAL system of India based on the notion of caste.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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  • caste system — noun a social structure in which classes are determined by heredity • Hypernyms: ↑class structure …   Useful english dictionary

  • Caste system in India — Caste (Sanskrit: Gyati ज्ञाति , Hindi: Biradari बिरादरी, samaj समाज, jati जाति etc , Urdu Zat ज़ात ) is an endogamous group. Generally a sub caste is divided into Exogamous groups based on same gotras गोत्र. The Indian caste system describes the… …   Wikipedia

  • Caste system among South Asian Muslims — refers to units of social stratification that have developed among Muslims in South Asia.[1][2] …   Wikipedia

  • Caste system in Sri Lanka — The Caste system in Sri Lanka is a division of society into strata, differing somewhat from the classic Varnas of North India but is similar in nature to the Jāti system found in South India. The fourfold caste model in Sri Lanka s pre British… …   Wikipedia

  • Caste system among Indian Christians — The Caste system among Indian Christians is attributed to the assimilation of local Hindu practices, which has caused caste distinctions to be retained after conversion. Some Christian groups have adapted the Indian caste system in diverse ways… …   Wikipedia

  • Caste system in Kerala — The region of Kerala in India became the caste society very late. One of the last south Indian societies to become agrarian, the communities kept most of their tribal markers intact bringing them to mainstream. These traditional matrilineal… …   Wikipedia

  • Caste system in Africa — Countries in Africa who have societies with caste systems within their borders include Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Nigeria, Chad,… …   Wikipedia

  • History of the Indian caste system — The history of the Indian caste system dates back to the Vedic period. Origin The origin of the caste system as it is today is still obscure.A 2001 genetic study, led by Michael Bamshad of the University of Utah, found that the affinity of… …   Wikipedia

  • Nepalese caste system — The Nepalese caste system, like the Indian caste system, is highly complex and continues the traditional system of social stratification of Nepal. The caste system defines social classes by a number of hierarchical endogamous groups often termed… …   Wikipedia

  • Mahabharata and the Indian caste system — The Indian epic Mahabharata gives glimpses of caste system prevailed in ancient India. Apart from the four basic orders (varnas or castes) Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaisya and Sudra the epic mentions several other castes that sprang from their… …   Wikipedia


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