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When someone doesnt belong to the social norm they might be considered an outcast The English word caste is used for two very different forms of the caste system Varna and Jati The classic categories of Varna depicted in the tenth and last book of the Rig Veda describe the gods sacrifice of primeval man1 The Untouchables were at the very bottom of this system and like the Shudras could not study the Vedas The first category in this system is the Brahmans priests created from the mouth the second category is the Kshatriyas warriors and rulers from his shoulders the third category is the Vaishyas merchants and traders from his thighs and the fourth category is the Shudras servants of all created from the feet Its interesting to note that the Untouchables were not mention in the Vedas and were created by society The whole concept of creating specific roles for the members is similar to what people do today however as it was implemented in India later in their history it was seen as backward by much of the west 2 The category of The Untouchables means that those that are considered Untouchable might mean no temple entry living quarters outside the village and sometimes performing labor on the farms of castes higher than them among other filthy or demeaning work To me this just seems like they are limiting their own society by creating specific categories for people sometimes before they are even born a child from a marriage such as between a Shudra gentleman and a Brahman woman Why even have categories like untouchable other than to discriminate other people A lot of this ideology I see in comparison to slavery especially with the Jewish people of Egypt and the African slave movement in the United States The thinking that some people are so beneath us that they dont even belong in society
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