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Each of the four Hindu castes, Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Sudra.
class, social class, order, social order, social division, grade, grading, group, grouping, station, stratum, echelon, rank, level, degree, set
- ‘Hinduism recognises four varnas based on occupation (jati or jat) and ancestry.’
- ‘Strictly speaking, class and caste are different social institutions, though castes are often assumed to fit into the four varnas.’
- ‘Vedic civilization is based on four varnas (divisions of society), but there are people who do not fit within these four.’
- ‘Traditionally, there were four main varnas, plus one group of outsiders.’
- ‘The varna of a person almost entirely depends on training and circumstances.’
Sanskrit, literally ‘colour, class’.
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