Ancient India Social Structure Pyramid and Description

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Ancient India

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G.R.A.P.E.S.: Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy and Social Life. This storyboard explains the social life and hierarchy of ancient India.

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  • SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF ANCIENT INDIA
  • Ancient Indian Hinduism imposed a strict social hierarchy called a "caste system". The Vedas described four main social classes: Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras. The Dalit (formerly known as "untouchables") are considered outside the system and treated poorly. The caste system affected every part of a person's life as whatever caste they were born into could not be changed. One could not marry outside of their caste either.
  • SHUDRA(artisans, laborers, servants)
  • VAISHYA(merchants, traders, farmers)
  • DALIT(Sanitation workers)
  • BRAHMAN(Hindu priests, advisers, intellectual leaders)
  • KSHATRIYA(rulers, military leaders, large landowners)
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