CASTE SYSTEM IN ANCIENT INDIA: ANCIENT India in the Vedic Period…

CASTE SYSTEM IN ANCIENT INDIA: 

ANCIENT India in the Vedic Period (c. 1500-1000 BCE) did not have social stratification based on socio-economic indicators; rather, citizens were classified according to their Varna or castes. ‘Varna’ defines the hereditary roots of a newborn, it indicates the colour, type, order or class of people. Four principal categories are defined: Brahmins (priests, gurus, etc.), Kshatriyas (warriors, kings, administrators, etc.), Vaishyas (agriculturalists, traders, etc., also called Vysyas), and Shudras (labourers). Each Varna propounds specific life principles to follow; newborns are required to follow the customs, rules, conduct, and beliefs fundamental to their respective Varnas.

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Standing cup with cover by Vinzenz Hofer, European Sculpture and…

Standing cup with cover by Vinzenz Hofer, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Medium: Silver gilt, glass, enamel, diamonds, rubies

The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/197137