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Title: Hinduism and the Caste System


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Hinduism and the Caste System
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What did these religions have in common??
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Hinduism
  • Please turn to page 76 in you textbook.
  • Read the section on Hinduism
  • What differences exist between Hinduism and the
    religions of Southwest Asia?

Durga Goddess that kills demons
Ram God born to free world from cruelty
4
Hinduism in the World
  • Turn to page 76 in your textbook and look at the
    map titled World Religions.
  • Answer in a complete sentence Which South Asian
    country has the largest percentage of Hindus?

5
Beliefs in Hinduism 1 Reincarnation
  • Use page 571-572 Hinduism to answer the
    following questions
  • 1. What is reincarnation?
  • 2. What determines how a person is reincarnated?
  • 3. What is dharma?

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The Caste System
  • Directions
  • 1. Please turn in your textbook to pg. 572
  • 2. Use this page to help you complete the Caste
    System section of your worksheet. This includes
    question 7 and the diagram question 8.

7
Hinduism The Caste System
  • Define caste system.

THE CASTE SYSTEM
THE CASTE SYSTEM
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Brahmins Priest and Scholars
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Brahmins Priest and Scholars
  • Please record their jobs or positions in society
    on the triangle or next to the name.

THE CASTE SYSTEM
Brahmins
BRAHMINS
Task ? Would this represent high status or low
status? In the United States what group of
people might be at the top?
10
Kshatriyas Rulers, Warriors, or Land Owners
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Kshatriyas Rulers, Warriors, or Land Owners
THE CASTE SYSTEM
  • (Record their jobs or positions in society on the
    triangle or next to the name.)

Brahmins
BRAHMINS
Kshatriyas
Kshatriyas
12
Vaisyas Farmers and Merchants
13
Vaisyas Farmers and Merchants
THE CASTE SYSTEM
  • (Record their jobs or positions in society on the
    triangle or next to the name.)

Brahmins
BRAHMINS
Kshatriyas
Kshatriyas
Vaisyas
Vaisya
14
Sudras Artisans and Laborers
15
Sudras Artisans and Laborers
  • (Record their jobs or positions in society on the
    triangle or next to the name.)

THE CASTE SYSTEM
Brahmins
BRAHMINS
Kshatriyas
Kshatriyas
Vaisyas
Vaisyas
Sudras
Sudras
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Untouchables
  • Untouchables are outside the caste system.
  • Lowest status in Indian society.
  • Jobs and life include
  • dirty jobs like sewage workers or cremating dead
    bodies
  • live in extreme poverty or homeless

17
Hinduism The Caste System
  • Please add the Untouchables on your graphic
    organizer.
  • Task ?
  • Are there class systems in the United States?
  • What group would be untouchables?
  • How does the caste system affect the daily lives
    of Hindus?

THE CASTE SYSTEM
Brahmins
BRAHMINS
Kshatriyas
Kshatriyas
Vaisyas
Vaisyas
Sudras
Sudras
Untouchables
UNTOUCHABLES
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The Caste System Today
  • The government has passed laws to make the caste
    system illegal.
  • However the caste system is a strong tradition
    held in Indian society.
  • This is a struggle as India is trying to take
    steps towards modernization.

19
Diet of Hindus
  • In Hinduism the cow is seen as a sacred animal.
  • Therefore Hindus do not eat beef.

All images were taken from
http//www.csuchico.edu/cheinz/syllabi/asst001/sp
ring98/india.htm
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Library of Congress Research
  • Click the link above and use it to answer the
    questions
  • below.
  • 1. In rural India how are the modern castes
    divided? (2nd paragraph)
  • 2. What are the new castes based on that may
    potentially form in the cities? (3rd paragraph)
  • 3. Describe the groups that have been described
    as living on the fringes of society. What are
    their lives like? How do they survive?
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