Hinduism: The Evolution Of The Caste System

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Hinduism is guided by four sacred texts: “Brahmanas, the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita.” From its birth, the sacred texts of Hinduism have provided its followers with guidelines to pursue. In the beginning, the rituals and practices were somewhat primitives as they included sacrifices and geared more towards the natural forces. However, Hinduism evolved and focused more on the philosophy, and the ultimate goal for a Hindu thus became “the pursuit of enlightenment.” The quest of this goal gave birth to yogas, which “are designed to unite the human spirit with the God.” People who practice Hinduism are not the only ones that have adopted yoga, as many western cultures practice yoga but not necessarily to achieve the same goal; it is more on the line of spiritual peace and another form of exercise.…show more content…
Certain critics claim that it originated with “the second millennium B.C. a host of Aryans possessing a different language, culture, and physiognomy … migrated to India.” The caste system is critical because it has a significant effect on the daily lives of Hindus. The caste system is somewhat rigid, and Hindus have followed that practice since its beginning although some would argue that it did not become rigid until the influence of Islam and subsequent invasion of the British. Nevertheless, they are an integral part of the system, and there are four distinct groups: “seers, administrators, producers, and followers.” One does not usually break away from a caste system, and the caste system dictates your social status within a given region with corresponding level of education and economy. The Elite caste, the Brahmins, has the most benefit holding the position of power. Although some people in India are trying to fight the caste system, many people adhere to the caste system where it is still uncommon to marry outside your caste or even ascend to a higher caste
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