India-Caste System

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  • Caste System
    • 5. Sudra (commoners, peasants, servants)
    • 2. Bhramin (Priests, academics)
    • 6. Untouchables (street sweepers, latrine cleaners)
    • 1. Gods
    • 4. Vaishya (Landowners, Merchants)
    • 3. Kshatryia (Warriors, Kings)
    • They couldn't change their place in the caste system
    • Ideas underlying the caste system were purity and pollution
      • animal waste/dead bodies were considered polluting- closer you worked near these the lower caste you were
      • To protect the purity of the higher castes- everyone was separate as possible

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