How the caste system affects modern day life in indiaPaper Rating: Word Count: 953 Approx Pages: 4
The caste system is a hereditary social class system in Hinduism that restrict the occupation of their members and their association with the members of other castes. This is a major part of the Hindu religion. The caste system has a lot of restrictions and that affects peoples daily lives. For example, untouchables have to walk around with clappers to warn people of higher cast's about them so they wouldn't touch them. Also the people of the higher caste had to be careful not to touch the untouchables because they believed touching untouchables will contaminate them.
The caste system is a very important part of the Hindu religion. It is part of what Hindu's base their life style's around. The ranks of Hindu society came from a legend in which the main groupings were Brahmans who came from the mouth, Kshatriyas who came from the arms, Vaisyas who came from the thighs, and Surdas who came from the feet. The lowest level of the caste system was the untouchables. You cannot change what caste system you are in unless you were of a higher caste and decide to befriend or touch a member of a lower class. People of higher caste believed that people of lower caste were like a deadly disease that's why they didn't touch or socialize with them.
The caste system played a huge role on Hindu's daily life. For example a lot of things were only offered to members of the higher class such as education and literacy. The Brahmins claim that the lower castes are part of the Hindu system but the latter do not know the mainstream Hindu gods and they worship their own local gods which they associate with their everyday village life. The caste system only allows people of higher caste ˜freedom' but restricts people of lower class from happiness. What I mean by this is people of higher caste can do whatever they want and own a lot of land but people of lower caste cannot own land and are restri... Continue Reading