Indian Caste System

Brahmins

Considered the priestly class, they are at the top of the Caste System. They are entitled to study the Vedas and perform rites and rituals for themselves and others. They spent a lot of time teaching Kshatriyas about religion because they were the most well versed in the subject. They were treated as the middle men between god and men. As from society, they were expected to show great behavior and spend their lives in pursuit of knowledge. A Brahmin was considered an incarnation of dharma, sacred tradition, born to serve and protect dharma.

Kshatriyas

Known as the warrior class, they are the second highest of the caste system only below Brahmins. They were thought of as the nobles and kings of the caste system and were commanded by tradition to protect people, give gifts to Brahmins, offer sacrifices, study the Vedas, and dispense justice.

Vaisyas

The third-highest of the Indian Caste System. This class was mostly made up of merchants and peasants. They were expected to tend to cattle, offer sacrifices, study the Vedas, trade money and own land. They were only allowed to participate in certain rituals. Other people's opinions on them debate between how successful they were.

Shudras

They are the working/laboring class, and their only duty was the serve to three class above them. Only required the observe a few Vedic rituals,they were not allowed to study the Vedas or even hear sacred chants. They were also not allowed to eat in the shared company of someone of a higher caste, to go along with this they were not allowed to marry a woman of a higher caste. They were basically treated as slaves or peasants to the people of higher caste.

Untouchables

Also known as the Chandalas or impure ones, they were the lowest of the caste system and treated as such. They are not allowed to enter a city during the day or walk down the same street of somebody from a higher caste. Even there shadows were considered impure. They lived on the fringes of society basically unknown abound unarmed for. They were not even considered human most of the time.