The many faces of India
The numerous aspects of India.
The “caste system” means that the Indian society is divided into castes, I-e, into4 hereditary social classes. But, in India, some people are, i.e. even outcasts. They are “out” of the caste system : they don’t even belong toa caste : indeed, the untouchables (Dalits) (in Hindi) are not considered part of human society.
That’s why they are considered to be“untouchable”, i.e. the ones you mustn’t touch. And, so, they perform the hardest, the most menial and the most degrading job.
For example, in richupper-caste families, the servants are Dalits. And someone in the family, washes – “purifies” – all that has been touched by Dalit Servants.That’s because Brahmans fear to become polluted by an untouchables.
They are servants, brick makers, they clear sheets of dead animals or theyunblock sewers or septic tanks by hand.
All Hindus accept the situation.
All Hindus accept the situation and Dalits bear their sufferingsbecause they believe in reincarnation on Earth. So, if they have obeyed the rules of their caste, they coned be reincarnated into amber and they hopehigher caste.
The caste system is rigid and hereditary, a number belongs to the caste of his parents i.e. into which he was born until hedies.
The and of his life.
A man or a woman marries a members of the scene caste. The choice of occupation is jobs is restricted.
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