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Caste An European Phenomenon
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India is the only country with caste ? What a bunch of nonsense. Caste = Tribe/Clan/ethnicity. Is India the only country with ethnicity. Ever hear of the Balkans and ethnic wars there in the 1990's ?

Middle east is filled with tribes and ethnicities. Read up also on Japan's caste system and untouchables (called Burakamin in Japanese):


http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=477694

Here is information on Latin America:

http://www.zonalatina.com/Zldata55.htm


THe error most people make is they don't have a sense of scale. India is 1100 million people. If you look at Europe for example with 700 million people and the ethnic divisions there, you can better understand it. The Europeans can't even unite all their countries under one flag. They have also been killing each other for years.

Look at the tribes and national divisions in Africa (a continent with 800 million people, i.e. less than India)







<!--QuoteBegin-maruti+Oct 3 2006, 06:47 PM-->QUOTE(maruti @ Oct 3 2006, 06:47 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Hi all,

This is my first post. I find this thread very interesting. I also believe there are two sides to this, one positive and other negative.

The good thing:

Caste is European invention, comes from the word casta, I suppose. So it has nothing to do with class system prevalent in Europe and elsewhere, but rather a social structure based on varnashrama Dharma. VD is all about division of labor.

The bad thing:

That said, nobody practices VD anymore. It has degraded to casteism. Most Indians are obssessed with skin color, which reflects in numerous matrimonial ads (like wanted fair, good-looking woman), or in social situations (such as, "your baby has a good color" etc.).

Conclusion:

It doesn't matter whether caste is a European invention. Bottom line, Indians are practicing casteism, not varnashrama Dharma. So we should educate people on VD to elimiate casteism, rather than wonder whether caste is European. Knowing it's European doesn't solve our problem, because India is teh only country where people (officially) have castes. We ought to worry about that.

Hope nobody's offended.
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