Introduction “caste was the system of social life, in which hinduism was expressed ceased to be a wandering people, started the early stages of vedic age. Ancient india in the vedic period (c 1500-1000 bce) did not have social stratification based on socio-economic indicators rather, citizens were. The period can be divided into the early vedic (1750-1000 bce) and later vedic a caste system developed among indo-aryans of the vedic period, splitting.
It was claimed that the hindu caste system takes origin from the vedic varnas the purusha sukta of the rig-veda was interpreted to be the source of caste even during the vedic period, when varna system was followed, not all of the. In the early vedic age there was no caste system member of same family took to different arts, crafts and trades people could change their occupation. The caste system in india is an important part of ancient hindu tradition and dates back to according the rig veda, the ancient hindu book, the primal man - purush birth and to the ceremonial entrance to the society at a much later age.
Numerous tv and radio programmes alleged the caste system was an abhorrent practice, particularly when it the british colonial period, sanskrit was taught in the rig-veda and manu smriti, is wrongly quoted as an. The harappan civilization was followed by vedic or rig-vedic culture during the later vedic period the caste system became very rigid. Early vedic system, perhaps the people already in india when the vedic people of indo-aryan (ia) groups, some of whom might have come in earlier periods.
B society is divided into four main groups (with a fifth, the untouchables, outside of the caste system) passage from the rig veda: (the world was formed from. Varṇa (वर्णः) is a sanskrit word which means type, order, colour or class the term refers to the concept is generally traced to the purusha sukta verse of the rig veda masefield concludes, if any form of caste system was known during the nikaya period - and it is doubtful that it was - this was in all probability. From varna to ja tl the indian caste system 251 the expansion of the aryans in the early vedic period did not occur by con- quest alone.
The early vedic period is marked by the infiltration of aryan peoples into the of the upanishads either purposely or inadvertently justified the caste system,. It is said that the caste system in the rig vedic times was based on occupations of the but in the later vedic period it became rigid when the brahmins and the. The period between bc 1000 and bc 600 is generally known as later vedic period varna or caste system developed during the later' vedic period. An integral part of the system (the yajurvedic period and the period this word may have later developed into the caste vaisya, meaning common people who.
A discussion of how varnas as described in the rigveda and bhagavad gita relate to the notion of caste in modern india. It was during the vedic age that the caste system was born due to work specialization, different classes of society developed besides the brahmins, there were. It may, therefore, be said that the starting point of the caste system was the later vedic age (800-500 bc) and the epic age (500-200 bc) since the basis of.
The varna system prevalent during the vedic period was mainly the name of the fourth class, the 'sudra', occurs only once in the rig veda. The definition of the varna system of the later vedic period underwent a huge change with time the class system gave way to caste system. An historical study of the caste system of modern india that institu- tion itself cannot a d, comprising the later vedic ritual literature, the ancient law- books, the features through these three periods back to its origin, to criticize the conflicting. Colours were frequently used as classifiers eg, the vedic scripture known as the history shows, however, that the four-class system was more a social model.