Soc 120 week 2 Prejudice and Discrimination

Soc 120 week 2 Prejudice and Discrimination - 1 Adivasis...

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1 Adivasis and Dalits ADIVASIS Dalits and Adivasis Jamie Jordan SOC/120 June 19, 2011 Christine Teramoto
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2 Dalits and Adivasis I had only gone to India for two weeks and I did not understand why some people were treated one way and others were treated another. Not until I returned to the states did I do some research and discovered that there is a class of people which are referred to as Dalits, (the unclean). These people, men, women and children alike do the worst of the jobs, live in the worst of conditions. While the Adivasis, who are another ethnicity are above the Dalits, and the Hindu society perpetuate this discrimination. Here I will show how the Hindu holds the Adivasis above the Dalits and how the Hindu society discriminates to the extreme against the Dalits people because of their ethnicity. And how this form of discrimination is not only destroying a people and their culture, but how it is also hurting India itself. India has its very beautiful side, the temples and shops, the wonderful places to eat and visit, these are the places that the tourists see and go. Then there is a side, that is dark and disturbing, a side tourists do not see, or if they do, it is not understood what is happening. Most people only see all the good and beauty in India, from the peace, religions, and cultures, and are in awe over all the beautiful clothing. What most people do not know is that all the different styles of clothes, tattoos and jewelry are part of how India cultures recognize who is who. The people of India indentify themselves through various markers. “The major markers are male dress, female dress, male shawl, female shawl, turban, male headgear, and female headgear, male and female ornaments, male and female body markings, male and female tattooing, flag and emblems. Das, N. (2006). These markings represent the person’s religion, heritage, and family status and are extremely
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3 Adivasis and Dalits important in showing ones social position. Although there are many different castes, tribe’s cultures, languages and
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