2Quick Facts About the Caste System The Indian caste system has been in use for many years although it has been illegal for more than 50 years.The caste system is a social class system that you are born into and can not move out of. The caste you are born into determines your occupation, choice of spouse and many other aspects of life.Within each of these categories are the actual "castes" or jatis within which people are born, marry, and die.
3Brahmans (the priests and teachers Kshatriyas (soldiers and warriorsVaisyas (merchants and traders)Sudras (laborers)“Untouchable” jobs that involves “polluting activities”
4Brahmans the priests, teachers, and judges Color that represents this caste is: WHITE
5KshatriyasHe is a member of the caste Kshatriyas, which is right below the Brahmans. He is important to the community because he is the main source of food. He also is a protector.Color that represents this caste is RED.
6VaisyasThe Fruit Merchant is part of the Vaishya caste. The Vaishya caste are shopkeeper and sell products, unlike the Shudra who sell services.Color that represents this caste is BROWN.
7Sudras Provides services: Potters Dhobi – Washermen Barhi – Carpenter Nai – BarberGoala – HerdsmenMali – GardenerKumhar – SculptorColor that represents this caste is BLACK!
8UntouchableThey performed the jobs that no one else wanted to perform.The primary work of Untouchables included scavenging and street sweeping, emptying toilets, the public execution of criminals, the disposal of dead animals and human corpses, and the clean-up of cremation grounds. Surprisingly, musicians belonged to this class, too, but music was listened to by members of other castes.
9Treatment of Untouchables They had to move off the path if someone from a higher class approached because contact with such people was "contaminating".Untouchables' very shadows were considered polluting, and they were required to beat drums and make loud noises to announce their approach.Untouchables had to attach brooms to their backs to erase any evidence of their presence.Cups were tied around their necks to capture any spittle that might escape their lips and contaminate roads and streets.Their meals were taken from broken dishes.Untouchables were denied access to public wells.They did not live within the cities or villages, nor were they allowed to enter during the dayAt night they could enter to scavenge and collect night soil (manure).They were forbidden to learn to read and write, and were prohibited from listening to any of the traditional Hindu texts.Their clothing was taking from corpses.