WHOct18th2006 - Dustin Lee History 10/18/2006 Block F Many...

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Dustin Lee 10/18/2006 History Block F Many Castes By Gupta times, many additional castes and subcastes had evolved As invaders were absorbed into Indian society, they formed new castes Other castes grew out of new occupations and religions By modern times, there were hundreds of major castes and thousands of subcastes Complex Rules To Hindus, people of different castes were different species of beings To ensure spiritual purity, a web of complex caste rules governed every aspect of life—where people lived, what they ate, how they dressed, and how they earned a living Rules forbade anyone from marrying anyone else outside his/her caste Effects Despite its inequalities, caste ensured a stable social order People believed that the law of karma determined their caste The caste system gave people a sense of identity and interdependence Each caste had its own occupation and its own leaders Although strictly separated, different castes depended on one another for
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course BIOG 1110 taught by Professor Randywayne during the Spring '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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WHOct18th2006 - Dustin Lee History 10/18/2006 Block F Many...

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