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Post by Spirit-Being January 29th 2009, 11:32 pm

I just want to apologize for the previous post about Ancient Indian, was much too long and very boring :sleep: here is one that is more simpler, and should keep you awake, if not at least you could get a couple of zzzz... well here it is..

Indian People


Castes were the central feature of people's identities in ancient India. Beginning soon after the Aryan invasion, people in India began to divide everyone into one of five groups, or castes. Caste gave some people special rights and privileges that other people did not have. The castes are described in the Rig Veda. There were really four castes, and then the lowest group had no caste, and were known as Untouchables. Below the untouchables were the slaves.

Untouchables usually did the worst jobs, like cleaning up people's poop from the gutters, or collecting garbage.

The lowest of the castes was the shudras - the servants and farmhands who did not own their own business or their own land, and who had to work for other people. But gradually a lot of land-owning farmers fell into this caste, too. Probably the largest number of people belonged to this caste.

Above them were the vaishyas, or farmers and traders, who owned their own farms or businesses. There were a lot of them, too.
Above these were the Kshatriya, or warriors. There were not very many Kshatriyas. A lot of them were in the army, or leaders in other ways. Women could not be warriors, but they could be Kshatriyas anyway.

The most powerful caste was the Brahmans, the priests and leaders. There were only a few of them. Only Brahman men were allowed to go to school, or to teach in schools (Brahman women could not go to school).

There were also a lot of smaller groups within these castes. People who came from different castes could not eat together. Usually people from one caste did not marry or make friends with people from another caste.

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/india/

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Post by Spirit-Being July 18th 2009, 7:40 pm

Many Blessings :Hello:

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