India's Caste System

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India's caste system is among the world's oldest forms of surviving social stratification. The caste system dictated almost every aspect of Hindu religious and social life. Each set or group took over a specific place in the complex hierarchy. The four classes were the Brahmins (priestly people), the Kshatriyas (also called Rajanyas, who were rulers, administrators and warriors), the Vaishyas (artisans, merchants, tradesmen and farmers), and Shudras (laboring classes). The caste system is a social structure that divided different groups into ranked categories which was used to maintain social order keeping people within there match.
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