Indian Caste System

Aras S., Amanda N., Andrea T., Keyaan R.

Brahmins

Brahmns are priests and people of the priestly class. They are the highest caste, which means that they will never really be in need of much. They always have food and a nice home, usually along with a few servants to take care of them. Brahmins had the best perks of all classes. They were able to do almost anything they wanted to do. Overall, the life of a Brahman is a pretty good one.

Kshatriya

Kshatriya are warriors, they were given good food in general because they needed to be kept healthy in case they would need to be sent off to war. They also had somewhat nice homes but usually did not have a lot of space in these homes. They were mainly located in the northern half of India. Many serviced rulers and royal families. They were usually working for someone else.

Vaishyas

Vaishyas are the third highest caste. They are commoners, traders, merchants, and work on farms and agriculture. They are much like today's middle class. They have enough food and water and they work hard for it all. They were penalized as the law says. Verity's had no special treatment since they were commoners.

Sudras

Sudras are the lowest of the 4 ranking social classes. They usually work as farmers and rural laborers. Their life is like the lower class of western society. Their lives are worse than Vaishyas, however not as bad as the untouchables. As Sudras, people would be penalized ruthlessly since they were the lowest class. They had no special perks and were not allowed to own any land.

Untouchables

The Untouchables were the lowest caste of Hinduism. Known as Dalits, they are not allowed to drink the same water as the upper classes because their impurity may contaminate it. They are looked down on, discriminated, and forced to do ridiculous and disgusting tasks such as eating feces and parade around the town naked. They are often beaten for things like picking flowers or standing too close to someone that is not in their caste. The police often dismiss these cases because they also contain extreme prejudice against the lowest caste.